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Tim Suttle offers some of the most refreshing wisdom about church I have read in a long time.

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There are 13 of us gathered in a long narrow room, 7 along one wall and 6 on the opposite side of the room.

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The peace produced by grace is a spiritual stability too deep for violence – it is unshakeable, unless we ourselves admit the power of passion into our own sanctuary.

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The solitary life… is the life of one drawn by the Father into the wilderness there to be nourished by no other spiritual food than Jesus. For in Jesus the Father gives Himself to us and nourishes us with His own inexhaustible life.

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This is the day when words sound utterly trite.

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Today is the day of uncertainty, confusion, and despair. Rumours of light fade into doubt. There is nowhere to turn that does not feel utterly abandoned. Our hopes and dreams have dissolved into darkness.
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The solitary, being a man of prayer will come to know God by knowing that his prayer is always answered. From there he can go on, if God wills, to contemplation.

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Jason lived many years ago in the land where Jesus lived in the city where Jesus died. When Jason was eight years old, he did not go to school and he did not have much time to play. He worked every day with his father who was a blacksmith. Jason’s father took great pieces of iron and heated them in a huge fire until they were soft enough to shape into tools and horseshoes.

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The solitary is a man who has made a decision strong enough to be proved by the wilderness: that is to say, by death. For the wilderness is full of uncertainty and peril and humiliation and fear, and the solitary lives all day long in the face of death. 114

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As soon as a man is fully disposed to be alone with God, he is alone with God no matter where he may be – in the country, the monastery, the woods or the city.

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