Today was a year in the making. No, it was not a big life changing event like purchasing a new home or a wedding, but a retreat. Yes, a retreat! Several women helped me pull a retreat together for the church. It originally was to take place last September, but you know how September goes (like the rest of the year) too busy, especially for me. I am taking graduate classes so one of my classes occurred on a Saturday, which meant a conflict for the retreat.
So we postponed. A couple of months ago, we re-grouped, set a date and it HAPPENED!!!!TODAY!!!! Although we are NOT an official “order of sisters”, we met today (about 18 of us—perfect size for a retreat) at the beautiful Magnificant Center. What a place–restful, peaceful, sanctuary, worshipful, hospitable, clean, refreshing, a chapel in which anyone could sing and sound wonderful–but most of all it was a place to renew our faith, spend time with God, and to soak in the grace.
I walked the labyrinth. Not something I do very often, hardly at all! So powerful, so profound! I took the opportunity to sit in the center of labryrinth–or another way I looked at it was I sat in the center of God. The wind was blowing, the birds were singing, a perfect day to be in the center of God.
As we left, most of us left renewed and refreshed. As I was eating with the hubby, I noticed I was tired. My legs were beginning to ache of the tension I had put my body through, although I was not aware of it at the time. And I thought, this is a good kind of tired.
It was not exhaustion or nor was it the type in which I could hardly keep my eyes open, but tired yet somehow renewed energy was there. Not a “go out to do something this moment” type of energy, but a peaceful “all is good with my soul” type of energy.