To these, against the grain and pressures of life, you are invited by our Lord. Gently, Jesus calls you to seasons of significantly reduced internal and external stimuli so that you can hear, deep in your soul, the voice of the Father.
A song from my childhood begs for reflection on this first day of our fasting and prayer.
The disciples were praying for the power to fall
Ten days they did tarry, on God they did call
Then God sent His spirit to baptize them all
For they had been shut in with God
Shut in with God in a secret place
There in the spirit, beholding His face
Gaining new power to run in this race
Oh, I love to be shut in with God
Of all pleasant places on land or on sea
There’s no place on earth that is sweeter to me
Than to kneel at the feet of my Master and Lord
For there, I’ll be shut in with God
The pathway to Heaven, though rugged it may be
I’ll travel ’til my precious Saviour I’ll see
Then the gates of that city will open for me
And there I’ll be shut in with God
Listen to an old school version here.