Be Alone with God

Solitude and silence can never be separated

from the call to unceasing prayer…

The Desert Fathers did not think of solitude as being alone,

but as being alone with God.

They did not think of silence as not speaking

but as listening to God.

Solitude and silence are the context within which prayer is practiced.

– Henri Nouwen

Do you sometimes struggle, even subconsciously, with the idea that you can never do enough to truly satisfy yourself? Others? God?   It’s easy to fall into the belief that exhaustion has value and that the busier we are, the more faithful we must be.

And yet, we know of Jesus’ invitation to come to Him and receive “rest for our souls” (Matthew 28:11-30) and that He often slipped away by Himself to pray.

There is a time-tested Christian rhythm of retreat with God in order to get re-centered—to let go of our attachments and attach ourselves to God alone.  Do you sense this longing in yourself?  Are you intrigued by the idea of getting away for a few days to “be still before the Lord”?

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.  

Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

I waited patiently* for the Lord;

And He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay;

And He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm.

And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.

                * Or, intently


Psalm 40:1-3a (NASB)

In seeking the Lord, King David waited patiently and intently for Him.  That was David’s part.  The rest of this passage speaks of God’s part, God’s response.

Wellspring silent retreats are designed to offer a place, accommodations, and time for this manner of spiritual practice.

A Silent Retreat gives you the opportunity to:

  • Experience a spacious, non-structured retreat with extended periods of silence for waiting, listening, dreaming, watching, walking, and journaling;

  • Meet daily with a spiritual facilitator who will serve as a sounding board, offering perspective and prayerful discernment rather than advice. (This offering is optional.)

  • Allow unprocessed things in life – unresolved conversations, situations, and decisions to come to the forefront. Often what surfaces during the times of holy leisure and spiritual facilitation is profound and helpful in personal insight and focus and can move you in unexpected directions! And, perhaps find the Lord raising you up and onto a spiritual place of rock-solid firmness for what lies before you.

3-Day Silent Retreat

Fri., – Sun., Sept. 3-5, 2021

with optional spiritual facilitation

Location: Ignatius House | Sandy Springs, GA

Spiritual Facilitators at this event: TBD (More Info)


  • $400 per person

Registration deadline: July 19, 2021

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