And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. (Matthew 14:23 NRSV)

A grandmother decided to send a new playpen to her granddaughter for the birth of the granddaughter's fourth child. A week later the grandmother received a thank you note.

"Thank you for your thoughtfulness," the granddaughter wrote. "I sit in the playpen for an hour every afternoon, and the children can't get near me!"

We all need a little time alone each day and some time each day for God. It is in our time with God that we will find refreshment and renewal. After all, Jesus took time away for rest and prayer. We need some time too.


Dear Jesus, thank you for your example of leaving the crowds to spend time in prayer. Help me to follow faithfully in your footsteps. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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