Message of Hope with Pastor Ray
Is Being Alone a Bad Thing?
An interesting story in Genesis 32:22-32 includes the phrase, “So Jacob was left alone.” (verse 24) These words may sound disturbing. We don’t like being left alone. But as the story infolds, Jacob finds himself encountering God. Jacob was, in fact, “alone” with God. The story ends with renewal and blessing, and the experience changed Jacob.
Being alone with God is a good thing. Maybe as we continue through these days of semi-isolation from family and friends, we need to grasp this opportunity to spend more quiet, reflective time.
Maybe this prayer for Holy Leisure by Richard Foster will help us
"I confess to you, dear God, that holy leisure is far from me.
I have a minute of empty space and I rushed to fill it.
I act, I do, I talk.
Why can't I simply be still?
Plant in me a longing for stillness.
Create in me a hunger for open, empty spaces."
Pastor Ray Harris
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