Imagine the delight to come apart for twenty-four hours over night, a time to refresh and renew our spirits! On Thursday, November 2, seven of us gathered in a beautiful cottage perched on a wee knoll overlooking Lake Erie. The waves lapped at the waters edge as we met new friends, renewed long time friendships, shared our stories, ate together, prayed together, laughed and cried together.
At mealtime, the kitchen became a scurry of activity and merry chatter as each one prepared their contribution for the delicious meal and then we sat around the large wooden table and bowed in thanks. Effortless conversation quickly filled the room. Was it possible that we were strangers just hours ago?
A purposeful quiet hour gave space to listen to God’s whispers and the sharing that followed provided memories that bonded us in sacred ways.
Life as a leader can be a lonely path and what incredible joy to gather in such a safe environment and pour into one another’s life. Appropriately called a Peer Care Retreat, we all drove away on Friday November 3 with visions of another such date just waiting to be set on our calendars.