I regularly go on Retreat and sometimes
it is a Silent Retreat.
A day or more of solitary silence is good for the Soul
there are other forms of Retreat
and I have just returned from
a gathering of multi-aged congregation-friends
who come together for a spring/summer
and have been doing so for the last 19 years.
I have been abundantly blessed
by sitting in circle with
these wonderful and wise women!
We always say:
what happens at retreat stays at retreat
and so it is!
I can reveal that
we share stories from our lives
we open our hearts to each other
we meditate and pray and sing
as we participate in ritual
we receive encouragement from each other
and we are inspired and challenged by
our Sacred Stories
and by the life of Jesus
this unique group of women are friends within Christian faith.
Our world is full of need
and, in our own ways, and through our congregation
out of our care and our concern
and because we take Jesus’ commandment
to love others
On Retreat, we step back from our work and our service
to take care of ourselves.
Taking care of ourselves is part of the equation.
(love God, love self, love others)
This weekend we gathered in a new place
in the midst of creation.
We camped together on the shore of a lake
in the rain
What a blessed, squishy time we had!
Our gathering circle has dispersed now
until next time
the hearts of my friends
will be within my heart
until we meet again.
I wonder if you have ever been on Retreat.
I wonder if you have people who join you in Ritual.
I wonder what you might tell (if you could) about
circle-times with like-hearted people.