A Christmas Mini-Retreat An empty, echoing room lined with lights and tinsel. Open, unfilled space, not yet prepared. An invitation left unsent. Shadows and darkness ping off of the walls. And the knock on the door goes unnoticed. These words offer a picture of a soul longing for the fullness of Jesus even among the […]
Practical Thoughts on Personal Retreats
Recently, I read a book by one of my favorite historic spiritual directors: Reginald Somerset Ward, Lord and Giver of Life. It?s a collection of retreat talks on the Holy Spirit. I paraphrased some of his practical counsel about fully engaging a personal retreat: The body on retreat Sleep well. Try for eight hours per […]
Is Your Retreat Really a Retreat?
A few years ago, I led a weekend retreat for a wonderful church community. It was a very encouraging time. Some commented that the schedule was not as intense as in past retreats. I had input on the content and a little on the schedule. The group chose the theme of ?Rest? and the key […]