..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

There is absolutely no substitute for this secret communion with
God. The public Church services, or even the family altar, cannot
take the place of the 'closet' prayer. We must deliberately seek to
meet with God absolutely alone, and to secure such aloneness with
God we are bidden to enter into thy closet.' God absolutely insists
on this 'closet'-communion with Himself. One reason, no doubt, that
He demands it, is to test our sincerity. There is no test for the
soul like solitude.

Do you shrink from solitude? Perhaps the cause for your neglect
of the 'closet' is a guilty conscience? You are afraid to enter into
the solitude. You know that however cheerful you appear to
be you are not really happy. You surround yourself
with company lest, being alone, truth should invade your delusion.

- Gordon Cove

photo taken at Lake Quantabacook, Searsmont, Maine


Jerrie said...

Amen! There is no substitute. I am probably the opposite of this...I love my time alone with my Father and tend to shy away from public prayers. Oh and that picture is gorgeous!

The Pen of The Wayfarer said...

Jerrie, that is great that you spend a good deal of time with God!
May we all aim for that! :)--rose-marie

Julia said...

Utterly gorgeous!!

The Pen of The Wayfarer said...

a wee bit of heaven ;)