My spiritual retreat concluded with an early morning prayer service and a final group summary. I left the monastery reluctantly but full of God's peace and presence. I was grateful for the opportunity to just be-- no meals, laundry, or phone calls-- a holy time of resting in silence as well as in new thoughts and ideas. I recommend taking time to go away once a year, every six months, or whatever works best for you. Sometimes I have even spent a day in a room in another church, with no one else and no agenda, just resting in God's presence.
Refreshing the soul can offer an indwelling of peace, new insights on scripture, or discerning direction for life. Take time to come to God and listen for God's voice.
Have you ever been on a spiritual retreat? If so, where do you like to go? Do you prefer having a focus or do you just try to be open to what God wants to bring?
Jacquie Reed, spiritual director, Stephen Minister, Fishers, Indiana.