The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Friday, July 19, 2013

Do you want to run and hide?

What do you do when your fortunes are reversed? When life throws us a challenge we find ourselves responding in interesting ways. Some people sit and have a good cry. Others drown their pain in alcohol and drugs. Still others search out a listening ear and talk about their troubles. When his neighbors found themselves homeless, suffering in a strange land, Isaiah gave this advice:

“Sit in silence, go into darkness” (Isaiah 47:5)

This is actually very good psychological advice. Before we talk to anyone or find some distraction, we need to listen to ourselves: to our hearts. It is difficult, yet necessary, in a world filled with noise to be still. As we sit in the silence, we move into the darkness of our pain and suffering. It will be in the darkness that we will hear the still small voice of the Divine. When we have sat with our pain and find our healing; we can go and comfort those who are pain. – Ron Friesen

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