Jesus was alone in the desert for 40 days. Unless I am aware of the world–through media or the nearby presence of another, being alone can be too difficult—even impossible—for me to sustain.
I believe that I am in the presence of the Divine. I am not alone.
In times of isolation or illness, this can be hard to remember.
Longing for a comforting glance or a word of recognition is natural,
even for those who embrace solitude.
Such comfort is not always close at hand.
Accept my pain, my panic, my desire to reach out, O Lover of my soul.
Help me to rest in your invisible embrace.
Today, I will choose—not just accept—a few moments of alone time. I will acknowledge that God is within and without. I will strengthen my ability to embrace the loneliness I do not choose.