TO BE AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD
Sometimes I don't listen to His song.
I don't like what I hear.
"No, God, you're wrong. I want MY song!"
But I always play the wrong notes,
No matter how hard I try.
So I listen to the song again
And pick up His melody.
He makes allowances for my harmonies.
The music flows in and through me.
Together, we are an instrument of peace,
of harmony and joy.
Together, we comfort those in sorrow,
rejoice with the joyful,
and all things in between.
Together . . . just listen.
- Author Unknown
Some COMMENTS from retreatants on their written evaluations as they were leaving a weekend: the first question we ask is simply how they feel as they are leaving.
"My son and I truly enjoyed this experience. To me, it was so good for a young man to witness grown men who love and serve Jesus Christ. Young people have a tough road and need this time to share His love openly without distraction."
"I feel very rested and at peace with the world. The heeling service stands out. It is so beautiful. All the conferences were very helpful. Everyone that spoke had compassion and a sense of humor."
"I feel good about this weekend - - good things happened within me and I'm ready to go back home to deal with whatever it is that God has in store for me. I feel that I'm not alone - - God is with me to help me carry whatever crosses come my way."
"I am sad that I have to leave this sanctuary of peace and return to the worldly turmoil awaiting me. Yet I am armed with a renewed spirit of trust and forgiveness. I needed this badly."
"As an 18 year old on my first retreat, this weekend allowed a much needed break from the outside world. I was able to take time to speak to God, and to value the things around me."
"Well rested. Well fed. Many new friends. The beauty is breathtaking."
"I feel rested, light hearted, and 1) good; 2) beautiful; 3) holy; and 4) cherished. When Father said I was cherished, it made me cry -- God loves me so -- I want to love Him as much, but no one can love more than God."
"More at peace. When I came here, I was sad and unsure. My time alone with God was just what I needed to put my concerns in perspective. The solitude, the beautiful grounds and weather helped me to listen to God."
"The quiet of the weekend keeps me returning."
"Slowed down. Not a long enough weekend. Even the jokes were good!"
(From another 18 year old):
"This may be considered a boring weekend for most people my age, but I found that I enjoy retreat and plan on returning. . . . life gets hectic and very busy with high school grades, sports, college applications, and tons of peer pressure; here I didn't have to worry about anything and I could just talk to God and relax."