“To a Deserted Place by Himself”
When John the Baptist died, it was a personal loss to Jesus that also had terribly serious implications for his own life and ministry.
And so he—the Son of God, the Savior of humankind, God’s Anointed One—acted on his heart-felt need to be with nothing but his thoughts and prayers and to be with no one but his God.
Remind us, O God, to respond in such healthy ways to our grief, to our losses, and to our challenges.
Remind us, O God, to take time to get away and to be alone.
“Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” (Matthew 14:13a).