Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Month

November 2016

Choosing Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. A national holiday. A mindset. A lean of the spirit into the eternal. I love this Thursday stillness. Coffee. Macy’s Parade on the TV. A house full of family. This has been a wild ride of a year. Who… Continue Reading →

A personal retreat

I had never heard of the concept of a personal retreat until 1996. I had served as a campus minister in Arkansas for about a year when my boss encouraged me to take one. When I asked what he meant, he described it as simply a few days to be quiet, to rest, to pray, read and enjoy my relationship with God. I remember distinctly his encouragement to not get frustrated if I fell asleep on the first day and felt like I’d “wasted” a day. He said that sleep may be the most spiritual thing I do initially on a retreat.

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