Mat 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
of the blessings of the old-time Sabbath was its calm, its restfulness,
its holy peace.
There is a strange strength conceived in solitude.
Crows go in flocks and wolves in packs, but the lion and the eagle are
Strength is not in bluster and noise. Strength is
The lake must be calm if the heavens are to be reflected
on its surface.
Our Lord loved the people, but how often we read of His
going away from them for a brief season.
He tried every little while to
withdraw from the crowd. He was always stealing away at evening to the
Most of His ministry was carried on in the towns and cities by
the seashore, but He loved the hills the best, and oftentimes when night
fell He would plunge into their peaceful depths.
one thing needed above all others today is that we shall go apart with
our Lord, and sit at His feet in the sacred privacy of His blessed
Oh, for the lost art of meditation!
Oh, for the culture of the
Oh, for the tonic of waiting upon God!
is well to live in the valley sweet, Where the work of the world is
done, Where the reapers sing in the fields of wheat, As they toil till
the set of sun.
But beyond the meadows, the hills I see Where the noises
of traffic cease, And I follow a Voice that calleth to me From the
hilltop regions of peace.
Aye, to live is sweet in
the valley fair, And to toil till the set of sun; But my spirit yearns
for the hilltop's air When the day and its work are done.
For a Presence
breathes o'er the silent hills, And its sweetness is living yet; The
same deep calm all the hillside fills, As breathed over Olivet.
Every life that would be strong must have its Holy of Holies into which only God enters.