We invite everyone who has led a Strength for the Journey retreat in the past to contribute here your offerings of song, story, poetry, video, verse, recording, picture, document. We also hope to provide virtual spiritual direction groups via Zoom.
We are living in a time of enormous uncertainty during the covid-19 challenge. This page is for anyone, especially those who may have attended a Strength for the Journey retreat. Let us gather together and love one another, even as we shelter in place and live in social isolation from one another. To God be the kingdom and the power and the glory!
As I sit in prayer this morning this was sent to me and wanted to share. As we journey holding onto Hope. May your morning be accompanied by the sunrise out of the darkness of night into the morning Blue of Hope on the horizon our true sign that the light is coming. Amen
“The very first Easter was not in a very crowded worship space with singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples were locked in their houses. It was dangerous to be out. They were afraid. They wanted to believe the good news they heard from the women, that Jesus had risen. But it seemed too good to be true. They were living in such a time of despair and such fear. If they left their homes their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk. Could a miracle really have happened? Could life really have won out over death? Could this time of terror and fear really be coming to an end?
Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible, that the long night was over and morning broken, that God’s love was the most powerful of all, even though it didn’t seem quite real yet. Eventually, they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger had subsided, they went around celebrating and spreading the good news that Jesus was risen and love was the most powerful force on the earth.
This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope is on the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out, gathering together, singing and shouting the good news that God brings life even out of death, that love always has the final say.
This year, we might get the closest taste we have had yet to what that first Easter was like. “
Submitted by Deb Krummel
Strength for the Journey Houston