The Blessing of Loneliness

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A few short months before the lights went out, life had been good – not easy or by any means perfect – but reasonably good. I was healthy, married, pastoring, and gardening on my days off in the backyard of our dream house. It was as if I had gone to sleep one night and when I awoke in the morning the sun was in total eclipse and remained behind its lunar shroud for much longer than was astronomically possible.

If there’s one thing I’ve been learning it’s that a life of faith may be lived in the light but it’s discovered in the dark.

God arranges some times of loneliness so he can be alone with you. When you’re lonely, sit down and say, “So, Lord, what do you want to talk about?” Ron Mehl

– Originally published in The Other End of the Dark: A Memoir About Divorce, Cancer, and Things God Does Anyway

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