Rainer Maria Rilke is cool

Tomorrow morning I am leaving town. I am taking the Servant Team on a retreat/debriefing time. (and I just now remembered a great Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Calvin is imagining he is Spaceman Spiff, captured by the hideous aliens. They are taking him to be debriefed. With a wicked grin, Calvin snickers “Little do they realize, but our hero doesn’t WEAR briefs…) sorry. That was stupid.

Anyway, we’re going to this little coastal town down the… coast. hmm. Beach, mountains, streams, swimming, nature… I’m excited for it. A large part will also be giving the team time to listen and reflect and ask themselves “What now? What do these last four months mean for me and the world? What am I called to do? Who am I called to be?” (Questions we can all ask ourselves… I digress.)

While they’re doing this, I am planning on having it be a time of listening to God. I just want to be in His presence – to be refreshed. To be washed and recharged and put back together. To sit and hear His voice. To be patient as I wait. To live the questions… and I’d love your prayers. I’m sure there will be a funny story or two upon my return. And maybe even an epiphany or two…

on that note –

…be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek then answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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