A retreat with 30 women. Two worship services. This and that to tend to and then a gathering of souls who will travel together to Ireland in September. 48 hours of intense good are bouncing around in me.
Retreats are a lot of work for everyone. Emotionally, it takes a lot for women to take the time to get away. There are kids and dogs to provide for while gone. And, there is the great emotional leap of courage that it takes to give over to someone else the charting of the rhythm of the days. All this with unfamiliar sleeping partners and sometimes challenging beds.
Planning for retreats is an act of faith. Chemistry is a fickle thing. I’m never sure what the vibe of the gathered will be, so I plan and pray and let go and trust that something will touch someone somehow in the course of our time together.
Always, as I look at the faces of the gathered and as I experience the ways they weave themselves into something never before experienced; always I am moved. So it was this weekend.
On this Sunday night after many chances to be in varying circles of faith seeking and faith grounded folks, I am amazed by those who show up, who say “yes”, who enter in, who bring their sacred selves into the power of community.
As tired as I am, I want more.
After a nap…