Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Spiritual Director Training Retreat Day 1

Well I got here a day late, and I was a bit concerned about it. As they covered some basics and did some group bonding yesterday. The phrase that went through mind when I was praying this morning was 'Here you are again Peter, a day late and a dollar short'.

I needn't have worried.

In one of the morning classes on Lectio Divina we were praying on a passage from Psalm 90. The phrase that I felt was God's word to me was '..after heaven and earth have vanished, there is only you.' I felt a real sense of peace that that I don't have to worry about what anyone else thinks about me. There is only God who matters - and he's head over heels in love with me. I'm never 'A day late or a dollar short' with Him.

That made me feel better.

Classes were interesting today and I'm looking forward - with some trepidation, to the Spiritual Director Practicum sessions that start tomorrow. Fortunately I don't have to direct until next week(!)

After lunch I crept out and took some pictures of area surrounding the Center.

The cacti are really impressive. As were the ancient Petroglyphs.

I'm typing this entry on a balcony over looking the valley, and I can see mountains in the distance and hear coyotes howling!

Quote of the day about spiritual Direction "No fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight" - it's originally said about Quaker Clearing Committees, but it applies equally well to Spiritual Direction too.

1 comment:

maria said...

Excellent reminder to all of us.