Solitude: quiet, desolate, alone, seclusion
"Somewhere we know that without a solitary place, our lives are in danger.
Somewhere we know that without silence, words lose their meaning,
that without listening, speaking no longer heals,
that without distance, closeness cannot cure,
somewhere we know that without a solitary place,
our actions quickly become empty gestures.
The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life and should be the subject of our most personal attention."
Our quiet/alone time with the Lord is the essence to any relationship. And without it, we have very little, if anything at all, to offer to those God has called us to walk through life with......whether family, friends, "significant others," children, etc; our efforts put forth into any relationship are of very little worth unless they are an overflow of the abundant love and pursuit of the ONE who created relationships himself.