If Jesus did it? . . .
Jesus has to choose twelve disciples to pour his life into. What does he do? Spends the night in prayer. After a busy ministry schedule with the disciples, Jesus invites them to, “Come with me, by yourselves, to a quiet place and get some rest.” Jesus follows the Spirit’s prompting into the wilderness for forty days to prepare for the temptation. Luke tells us that, “Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” (Luke 5:16, NLT)
There was a pattern and rhythm to the life of Jesus. That pattern forces us to ask, “If Jesus set aside extended times of retreat to stay focused on the Father and listen to the Spirit, how can we not do the same?”
Think of your family vacation. Why do you take one? Vacations are a great way to reconnect with family. To recharge our relational and many times physical batteries. Retreats serve much of the same purpose in regard to our relationship with God and are a powerful means to create space for:
• UpReach – engaging our heart through worship and prayer to love and be loved by God.
• InReach – engaging our mind to reflect and listen to important aspects of our inner life that are typically kept silenced and hidden away.
• OutReach – engaging our hands to live in a Christlike sacrificial way towards others in the normal flow of your life – realizing you are free to love because you are freely loved.
An opportunity to slow down to hear what God has to say to us this day and beyond.
when & where
Saturday, October 29th, 8:30am to 4pm. All Saints Episcopal Church, 4370 Woodland, Western Springs, IL 60558.
$45 includes lunch and all materials. Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, October 26th.
Bible, journal, an attentive heart, discerning mind and ready hand.