A lot of what I learned this weekend had to do with resting in God. The past few months have been full of stress at home and at work. I was in need of rest. The retreat gave me time to rest physically, mentally and spiritually, if that is the right term for the kind of spiritual refreshing I received. Solitude and quiet regenerate me.
We had four sessions in which we practiced Lectio Divina. Our first was this passage from John 15 verses 1 to 5. These are the words God spoke to me.
“…You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you…”
You have already been cleansed,
I have spoken my word
Does not mean that you let go;
As a branch
Falling from the vine.
Means you drink deeply of my sap:
My life must flow
In and through your branch.
And be my branch.
Draw life from me.