Day 23: daily lent practice: How? Meet God early in the morning

Category : Daily Lent Practice

“So be ready in the morning, and come up in the
morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me
there on the top of the mountain.” (Exo 34:2)

“In the morning, long before dawn, [Jesus Christ]
got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely
place and prayed there.’ In the middle of sentences
loaded with action – healing suffering people, casting
out devils, responding to impatient disciples, travelling
from town to town and preaching from synagogue to
synagogue – we find these quiet words: ‘In the morning,
long before dawn, He got up and left the house, and
went off to a lonely place and prayed there.’

In the centre of breathless activities we hear a
restful breathing. Surrounded by hours of moving
we find a movement of quiet stillness. In the heart of
much involvement there are words of withdrawal. In
the midst of action there is contemplation. And after
much togetherness there is solitude. The more I read
this nearly silent sentence locked in between the loud
words of action, the more I have the sense that the
secret of Jesus’ ministry is hidden in that lonely place
where He went to pray, early in the morning, long
before dawn.”

Henri Nouwen


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