Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 25, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"In the morning, while it was still very dark,
Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place,
and there he prayed."
"Without silence, there is no solitude."
- Richard Foster
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a famous Lutheran pastor
who lived in Nazi Germany during World War Two.
He actively worked with the underground resistance
in an effort to remove Hitler from power. He
passionately believed we need both solitude and
community for spiritual success. Both are essential.
There is an inseparable connection between inner
silence and inner solitude. Masters of the interior
life have often written of this profound truth. The
purpose of silence and solitude is to be able to see
and hear. They are powerful inner disciplines and
help us know when to speak and when to refrain from
words. There "is a time to keep silence and a time
to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:7). "A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver"
God, give us spiritual success through silence and
wise speech, solitude, and community. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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