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The Art of Isolation

You’ve seen the memes and the stories on the news. People are having a difficult time with social distancing. I ran into a church friend at the grocery store last night, and it was all I could do to refrain from hugging her. Right now, being together is not good for us. But how can we cope with being alone? It will take a journey to the center of ourselves to find the answers.

Though you fill a room with silence,
you are not alone.
Though you thrash in a sea of panic,
you are not lost.
Instead, remember:
everything you do is sacred;
every movement a dance.
Let your touch be only healing.
Draw energy from the sun.
Turn with purpose toward
what is essential and cull
with tenderness what is not.
Do not lose yourself.
Let the holy within you rise
to greet silence as a friend
and enter into prayer
that moves and lives
and has being in you
for as long as it lasts.
Gethsemane surrounds us.
But Easter is coming.

Originally published on Lori’s blog at https://praypower4today.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/the-art-of-isolation/

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Lori Strawn

Providence Associate Lori Strawn is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Witchita, Kansas. A 1987 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lori formerly served on the advisory board for the Providence Associates.

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  1. Donna Butler on May 1, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Lori, thank you. This is so comforting.

  2. PAULA DAMIANO, SP on May 1, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Thank you….today I will greet silence as a friend.

  3. Paula Modaff, S.P. on May 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Deep wisdom, Lori. I am so grateful to you for sharing your heart.

  4. Mary Heins on May 2, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Lovely. What a sweet invitation.

  5. Barbara Linton on September 15, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Lori, thank you for sharing such inspirational and comforting thoughts

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