by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
put a few minutes aside to be alone
and think about the coming day
or the day that has just passed,
about people you have met.
Also think about yourself
and what you are lacking.
But never brood excessively by yourself;
rather let the One who knows your secrets
participate in your solitude.
Each of us has things we never utter,
things we conceal
like a beloved treasure within our solitude.
Only God knows them;
Hence draw God
Into your solitude.
From Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer, Peter Frick (ed).