October Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The columns for 2017 have been focusing on how to go deeper in your faith, using spiritual disciplines to do so. Each of the suggestions that I have made involve disciplines that we need in order to grow in our faith.

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The disciplines that I have written about so far are: study of the Word of God, worship attendance, scripture study with others (Sunday School and Bible Study), evangelism (inviting others to church and Sunday School), confession, fasting, meditation, and prayer.

This month, we will look at the discipline of Solitude. Solitude is the ability to be alone and not be lonely. Solitude means that we are okay with ourselves so that we can be alone with who we are. Solitude simply defined means that I am comfortable with who I am. It means I am resting in who God made me and the grace to deal with my failures. It revolves around the fact that I have gained self control so I can be with myself.

Solitude comes from wrestling with ourself and realizing that God created us with a purpose and with intention. The ability to live in solitude and enjoy silence comes from honestly assessing our actions and thoughts, and accepting the forgiveness that God extends. Once we have dealt with the ugly and beautiful in our own lives, then it is easier to be with our own thoughts.

How do we achieve this? First, be honest about the times you have failed and offended others. If possible, ask for forgiveness, and then accept the forgiveness of God. Secondly, embrace the truth of Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Allow your thoughts to be informed and transformed by the Living God. Thirdly, be constantly in prayer. In prayer, God does change us. Have a running dialogue with God all day. As you have God go deeper into your inner world, then it is easier to be comfortable in your mind, and thus be able to enjoy solitude.

As we grow closer to God, then together we can show others we are grounded in grace, that we live in love, and are growing for God.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Mark