Monday, January 7, 2013
The getaway offers a change of venue, a change of pace, and a change of volume (no little girl voices for 24 hours!).
This year, the overarching theme of our brief retreat was "Making Connections and Being Connected." Our pastor, Bill, pointed out that the greatest gift God gives us is Christ in each of us. And Christ is in us in order for us to reach out and touch others. Bill said that is why it is so meaningfuless when people say, "I'm spiritual, but not religious." We are not simply spirits. We are bodies, and as Christians we are the Body of Christ. At the end of one session, he challenged us to consider: How can I be with people in intentional ways?
What am I doing this for, anyway? An in-box with a certain quota of comments, too many for me to respond to individually by email or even fully process before my next post? Nope. I am doing this for exactly the results I am getting now: an opportunity to share what is going on in my life, with an emphasis on my creative explorations and development (which gives me an opportunity to think about and process it for myself); building relationships with a handful of amazing and like-minded women in different countries; finding projects and swaps and courses and challenges to continue my growth as an artist and a crafter.
It was both fun and helpful to find the theme of the annual retreat relevant to my online pursuits and my current train of thought!