Spiritual Practice


Loneliness isn’t a matter of numbers. I am sometimes lonely in a large family, in a huge school, with a full schedule, and with a phone that doesn’t stop ringing. True loneliness is believing that no one cares or understands.

I love being around other people, but I often seek solitude. I like working alone, driving alone, and walking alone so that I can process what’s going on in my life. But I have to be careful. If I shut myself off from other perspectives, my thoughts tend to turn bleak. If I don’t renew my mind with God’s word or talk with other people, I begin to think that no one understands or cares, maybe not even God.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua 1:5c (NIV)

No matter how isolated I am, I will never know true loneliness. At times I’ll be alone, but faith in God’s presence means the difference between loneliness and solitude.

Meagan Briggs



“Loneliness and solitude are two things not to get confused
       ‘Cause I spend my solitude with you.” 
               —Relient K, “Therapy

Spending time by yourself gives you a chance to reflect on matters of the heart and to express your thoughts to God. Jesus went off by himself to talk to God (Matthew 14:23) and woke up early to pray (Mark 1:35). Solitude was high on his list of priorities. I think it should be the same for us.

Anna Solomon, 19

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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