2021 10 01

Good morning.

Noise! Noise. There is so much noise going on around us. Social media, TV, radio, covid/vaccination debates etc.

All this external noise results in us creating internal noise that blocks our ability to be silent and reflective.

Our lack of solitude stands in stark contrast to the way of Jesus. The gospels mention Jesus withdrawing to “a solitary place” a number of times.

Matthew 14:13 tells us that Jesus “withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place” to get away from the crowds. So important was silence to Jesus that he literally jumped into a boat to get away from all the noise to pray, think, and listen to his Father’s voice.

It would appear that the busier Jesus got, the more he sought out silence. Luke 5:15-16 says that as “the news about him spread all the more...Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”