Into the Silence
It is Sunday afternoon (May 6th). We are just about halfway to the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA.
Nancy is going to drop me off for a five day retreat into the silence. I enjoy silence, I find it helps me quiet myself and draw closer to Abba Father. I fear silence. When all is silent you can hear clearly. Abba’s voice is always gentle, always affirming who I am as one created in the image of God, as one of God’s beloved.
Yet I always question. What if I do not hear clearly this time? There is so much to do, so much that needs to be done, can you really afford to spend this time away?
Dashboard Christmas Tree
We are about halfway to the Jesuit Center when our dashboard lights up like a Christmas tree. I mean the kind of bright that someone could have seen from the space station. Multiple lights, warning messages flashing. The car has no power. As we pull away from a stop sign it struggles to accelerate and gain speed. This is it, I knew it was coming, GONE is our transmission!
What to do? Immediately I want to turn around. There is no way we should push on. Nancy should not be driving the car home, alone while I am at the Jesuit Center. She needs ME to get this car fixed. I am going to have to help as we pick out a new car and navigate through that whole process. This retreat is over before it began. [Read more…]