Today, I checked in for my first silent retreat. I had considered attending the two years past, but there was something that interfered (or perhaps a good excuse) and prevented following through. This time, I opted to join the retreat mid-week. Let’s just say I was thinking it might be best to dip my toes in for a few days rather than dive in for the full week. Just in case …

I don’t know what I was worrying about. Within a few short hours I have realized that this was exactly what my heart and soul needs. I have graduated, my Lord and God, from the quick weekend group retreat, or the couple of hours spent in ‘retreat mode’. I want my alone time with you. Complete. Entire. Days on end. This is perfect. There will be no hesitation in the future. I will run to you. Cling to you. I can’t wait.

O God you are my God – it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, in a land parched, lifeless, and without water. I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you! — Psalm 63: 2-4

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