Aloneness is not loneliness.

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We often develop in life things that we come to depend on, earthly things.

Often it is the need for others, a mate “to complete” our life, or it might be our work, or an institutional life, or a role we have become comfortable with – one that would seem to give us our identity.  Doing this is quite common.

But mates depart, and our work ends.  Institutions die out.  Our role changes. These forms of identity no longer hold.  What then?

Well, we learn the difference between loneliness and aloneness.  And, we come to know our true identity.  We come to find that it has been God and us alone all this time – alone together.

Aloneness is not loneliness.

In aloneness there is peace, and quiet.  All the affectations are stripped away.  We take on the dimension we have always had – one of a mortal human with an eternal soul.

In aloneness the world is a monastery and we become monks.

In aloneness we see better, see others better – and we listen better, receive life without the tensions we once knew.

In aloneness, it is no longer our task to save everyone, correct all the ills we see.

In aloneness we trust, trust in God.  In aloneness we spend more quiet and conscious time with God, with those we love who have passed away.  Age notwithstanding, in aloneness we see through the storms of this world, and the wilds of human adversity and turmoil. In aloneness we find tranquility.

In aloneness the contour of rolling hills and expansive farmland silently speak to us, reassure us and the sky smiles while the clouds laugh and sometime turn stern only to laugh again.

In aloneness the mountains sleep in a quiet repose until they dance for our enjoyment.

In aloneness we hear the wind, listen to the trees, and heartbeats become clear and another’s eyes tell a story.

In aloneness God is everywhere and we are with God.

Shalom.

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