Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holy Advent, Bidden Blessings

I am at the Valle Crucis Conference Center this week with my friend and amazing artist Danby Ludate. We are leading an Advent Retreat which began last evening as fifteen of us gathered around the fireplace in the Inn. This morning will begin with a time of centering prayer around the labyrinth. Such a lovely way to begin the morning--sitting in silence with others. Our retreat follows a week-long silent centering prayer retreat. Even our gentle chatter must be waking up the walls here after that long and lovely soaking of deep silence.

This is third year that Danby and I have offered an Advent retreat here. Some people return each year and others arrive for the first time. The gathered group is the true blessing of these retreats. The meditations, the art project, the poems, the prayers, the song...all that surrounds this time weaves us together into this holy season, but the people...ah, the people! They are the true joy.

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