Our fellowship created a set apart space where I've spent some good, centering times alone. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our lives are in danger. Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty gestures. The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life and should therefore be the subjects of our most person attention. Let us therefore look somewhat closer, first at our life in action and at our life in solitude.
-Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude
(Back in the Austin area for a while. Enjoying warm weather and the festiveness of the season with that special Austin flare.)