Friends, while some recent Sundays have had ice and snow, it looks like spring is finally breaking through. As the weather warms, it invites us to consider God’s creation, and to consider opportunities for us to experience retreat opportunities in that creation. Throughout the Gospels, we are reminded that Jesus would take time of restoration apart from the demands of his ministry. We, too, need to create restoration time for ourselves and our loved ones so that we remain refreshed and invigorated for service, so that we might deepen our relationship with God, and so that we don’t become burned out by the ways that we are investing our lives.
I pray that -- whether it is through Sunday worship or through other experiences -- you take some sabbath time each week to slow down and set yourself aside from the demands of the world. I also pray that you will consider taking some time each year (at a minimum) that is in a different location than where you experience your ordinary day-to-day demands. In that spirit, I want to make sure that you are aware of the Wilderness Camping and Retreat Center near Lawson, Missouri, check it out here. This center is the same site that was operated for many years as Camp Wilderness by the Missouri Conference, and is now operated by an independent board. The center has opportunities for individual and small group retreats as well as many summer youth and family camp opportunities.
The WCRC will be holding an Open House on Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to tour the camp, make some crafts, play some games and participate in a fundraising silent auction. There are many other retreat spaces in the area and if you would like more information about some of them, I am always glad to share with you about some of them.
May the peace of Christ be with you in the coming days of sun and warmth, in days of chill and rain, and in every moment of your life.