On the one hand, O Lord, it is a good thing to get away from it all; thus you have taught us to build such practices as solitude, silence, and Sabbath into our lives. Give us the necessary commitment to build those important disciplines into our lives that we might learn through them to depend on you and to keep our efforts in proper perspective.
On the other hand, O Lord, it is not a good thing to want only to escape, to have as our constant goal to get away from it all and away from them all. Give us through our times of solitude, silence, and Sabbath the joy and peace that come from fellowship with you but give us also the energy and desire to spend the rest of our time serving, giving, and sacrificing for your sake and for the sake of others.
Thank you for the privilege of escape.
Protect us from the temptation of escapism.