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Elisabeth Elliot on Loneliness

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Elisabeth Elliot on Loneliness

Lydia Brownback

Although Elisabeth passed away earlier this year, her writings continue to mentor and encourage. I just reread The Path of Loneliness, which was first published in 1988. It's still so relevant, so I thought I'd share a few good quotes here:

When God is first in our hearts, all other loves are in order and find their rightful place.
Loneliness is one kind of "dying" most of us learn about sooner or later. Far from being "bad" for us, a hindrance to spiritual growth, it may be the means of unfolding spiritual "blossoms" hitherto unfolded. 
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to have a Companion all the time. But that does not mean we will never suffer loneliness. In fact, it means that we may be lonely in ways we would not have been if we had not chosen to be disciples.
Our loneliness cannot always be fixed, but it can always be accepted as the very will of God for now, and that turns it into something beautiful.
If all He is asking of us just now is the willingness to accept the relatively small discipline of loneliness, can we not see it as a part of His gift of allowing us to walk with Him?
The heart which has no agenda but God's is the heart at leisure from itself.
If God wants a woman to marry, He will see to it that the man finds her. She need not go out hunting.
Our own diminishments, in God's sovereign ordering of all things for His glory and our good, are not only the prerequisite to our own joy, but may also be the means of enriching the lives of others.