One of the courses I teach is Spiritual Disciplines and a significant portion of that class is actually practicing the disciplines when it is feasible in class. Today I got to share in practicing solitude with them as we dispersed across the green on campus and spent a hour in solitude on an amazing fall day. Here is a prayer that I wrote for my students during this time:
My prayer for them is that they could be FULLY PRESENT with you God as we commune together in Solitude.
May the peace of Christ dwell in their hearts as they declutter their lives from the noise of the start of a busy week.
May they be taken to the dark parts of their souls and do the difficult work of self-reflection.
May they see you God in the delicate beauty of Autumn that is breaking through.
May their souls be still.
May they be taken from loneliness to intimacy as they experience Your Presence.
May the warmth of the Autumn sun be a gift and reminder of Your Grace.
Father, they are so busy-they had tremendous amounts of stress bearing down upon them–please come near to them in this time.
Give HOPE to those struggling with classes, grades, homework.
Give PEACE to those with problems with family, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, roommates.
Give HEALING to those with health issues and medical problems.
Give RELEASE to those with financial struggles, job schedule issues, and those who need just another hour in their day.
As they encounter Your Presence in solitude whisper into their souls that You are Fully Present with them.