The weekend was good. I need some time to work through all the stuff in my head. The best part of the weekend was the time to talk. And the deepening of friendships – real friendships.
I always have trouble going to these events because I take along my preconceived ideas of what I want to happen. So, I had been praying that I would hear what God had to say to me. And this time I heard – some things anyway – things that I have been asking about for awhile. So for me it was a good weekend because I took time to listen.
And it is good how God sometimes gives suggestions for things that will enrich our experience with him. I woke up on Friday with the idea in my head that I should set up a corner somewhere in the retreat centre for prayer. Not being part of the organizing of the weekend, I called the proper person and she agreed that this would be a good thing to do. So, I packed up some things to create a bit of a sacred space – music and candles and a notebook. And that ended up being one of the special parts of the weekend.
And there were other highlights too – the safe trip up to the lake on a very snowy and slippery day, the horse and cutter rides arranged by the Pritchards, and the hike with Janet.
I think I lost about a gallon of water on the hike – all into my clothes. I think there was one point when Janet thought maybe she had led me out onto the ice to my death. There was a snowmobile track to follow but it wasn’t hard packed so we would be walking along when all of a sudden one leg would drop down into the deep snow. A bit exhausting but fairly hilarious. If Janet had a video camera I am sure she would find a way to show you how gracefully I walked!! But we made it back and I am still alive and not too stiff.
The pictures and more I will post here maybe tomorrow. My daughter is home and she and “Dad” are working through her essay which is due this week so I don’t get priority on the computer to get my pictures posted. And I simply need time to work through some of the stuff I learned.