In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed (Mark 1.35).
When I draw apart from the crowd, it may seem to others that I embark on a quest for solitude. However, always it is for me a search for communion, indeed, union. Yes, with God in Whose Image I am made. Yet also with that proverbial “cast of 1000s” – the innate and intricate aspects of my personality (some bright and others, lesser lights) that (all whom) together, make me me.
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Illustration: Christ Retreats to the Mountain to Pray, James Tissot (1836-1902)