You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. (Psalm 18:28-30)
Attendees: Rebecka, Leah, Veronica and Leanne
This is the first day of the second retreat. Father, may the women feel like they have “come home” where they can be themselves and be cared for. Give a deep sense of safety and relief. Holy Spirit flow freely, redeem deeply, rekindle waning faith and bring about new hope. In Jesus name, we commit these days to You and rebuke any distraction of the devil.
If the women have experienced the darkness of depression that settles over them like a mantle, if they are having thoughts descend in varying shades of gray, covering the essence of who they are, we ask for You, the true Light, to shine on their value, worth, failures, lack and breathe into them Life-giving Spirit. Create in them the breath of life, a reason for being. May they feel deeply and fully, not reflecting their emptiness. Lord, return to them the strength to color their world removing the shades of gray. Our desire is that their time at the retreat be one of light and encouragement, lifting their spirits. In Jesus’ name, Amen.