|“The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt (1669)|
Anything -including blame, hurts and shameful sins- cannot separate you from God's ardent love. When you confess "God is my shepherd" in the midst of solitude, God's voice of calling us the beloved would become much clear and clear, and ultimately we could stay in a great comfort and peace given by God. So, Henri Nouwen said, "You have to pray. You have to listen to the voice who calls you the beloved, because otherwise you will run around begging for affirmation, for praise, for success" (in his article 'Moving from solitude to community to ministry').