2014 Winter Middle East Retreat | Anticipating
Our morning starts with a walk on the beach, watching the sunrise. Awaiting the day to begin, I pray, “What is in front of us Lord?” My anticipation matches what we are all feeling; excitement, questions of preparedness, prayer for God’s presence and protection. “I sense a nervous anticipation in me, yet I’m so honored to be here, Lord. Please let us glorify you!”
The first attendees I meet have excitement in their eyes and gratitude in their words as they thank me for coming to provide this retreat for them.
The room is busy with excitement while they sign up for pampering sessions. What to do? In what order? Massage, a hair cut, pedicure, color analysis, prayer, counseling, exercise, art therapy? Their schedules are getting full!
As I look around the room, I see that some attendees look tired and weary even though they are excited to finally be at the retreat and sign up for their pampering options. I watch and wait to see God work throughout this time together.
About the author
Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.View all articles by: Linda Swanson
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