The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Listening for God

Schedule in quiet time on your family's fall calendar

As you're sitting down to look at your fall schedule, are you making a daily time of solitude a high priority? Impossible, you say. No, necessary. Without solitude, it's impossible to live a spiritual life.

Solitude is one of the spiritual disciplines that Richard Foster discusses in his now-classic book Celebration of Discipline (HarperSanFrancisco, 1988). This discipline isn't about punishment, though for some of us 30 minutes a day of quiet would feel like torture at first. Rather it's about discipleship (they share the same root word). This discipline has two parts to its practice.

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