Journey into Freedom Day 7
Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: I ask that I may fully appreciate God’s good creation.
Setting: Read the Bible passage below and imagine God looking on the earth.
Isaiah 55: 1-2 & 6-12 NRSVA
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.
A Thought for Today: Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures. St Francis of Assisi
The Spirit of Generosity
The main qualities asked of a person on retreat are honesty and generosity. We should seek to develop an attitude of openness and gratitude.
It usually gives us greater joy to give than to receive.
You are asked to seek to respond to God’s will; the God who created you out of love and wraps you with care and concern.