Online Retreats, a reflection
Be still and know that I am God. (That is an invitation).
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the earth. (That is a statement)
ps. 46: 10
14 January, February 11, March 11, April 8th. Mayv 6th, June 2nd. We had such precious Online Retreats so far. (also 4 Dutch Online Retreats, due to the pandemic, but that is another story).
“Online” and “Retreat” seem to be at opposite ends of a spectrum. and yet, the online retreats are so lovely.
One of the participants wrote to me the next day:
“Thank you so much for the online retreats! Those are the only zoom meetings I really savor! It’s so nice to have a special hour with God and to have a mix of doing it alone and together. I feel really blessed.”
Each time around 10 people, coming from all different countries (Serbia, Atalanta, Austria, Ethiopia amongst others) join in and it are sitting in the comfort of their own home and yet in the togetherness of this online community.
We just create time and space, open the Word, read a bit of Scripture four times in different translations, in the original Lectio Divina way, and linger on it during our private contemplative writing. You can also do other creative writing for which I do some suggestions.
Sharing is good, but no pressure. I love the balance between personal and closeness. Some of the participants are friends with whom I am in email contact for over years. Others I did not even know their names a half hour before we started. Sometimes we also look into some art. Each of us is facing a different situation, 10 people, 1o stories, 10 lives, 10 urgent needs or desires, if we’d lingered on all of them personally we could not have focussed on the Word as we did now. And so the Lord spoke to all of us in different ways. Just where we were.
All in all a wonderful experience. Therefore:
More Online Retreats to come
So, we decided after these first four experiences to continue and to have a monthly retreat, for the coming months.
19.00- 21-30 (Continental European Time)
18.00-20.30 for the United Kingdom
13.00-15.30 for Toronto/ Canada
The world around my table
It is precious to see how “the world around my table” is slowly living up to its name and continues to be a place for those who like to sit around it. What a privilege!
Thank you for your trust, may God bless you now and always.