Monday, October 12, 2009

Living Proof Ministries retreat

It was a rainy weekend,storms threatening.

We were determined to go. It had been a long time since the last retreat, and we were thirsty.

One of us was missing. Saddened, but at peace with God's plan, we continued.

Sisters together, we challenged interstate construction, inept hotel staff, parking decks.

We stood in line for an hour to get a good seat. Rain dropping on our umbrellas, we became part of the crowd, the excitement building until we could hardly contain it. The doors opened. As one living creature we surged inside, blessed by an usher who opened her section just when we got there, seats that God had surely reserved especially for us!

We stood fourteen thousand strong, raising our hands and voices in praise to our sweet Lord, an Earthly rehearsal for the time when we will praise the Lamb around the throne of God. I cannot imagine how it could have been any better.

During our time in Memphis, we experienced and enjoyed the ducks at the Peabody. We ate too much barbeque at the Rendezvous, we walked in the music of rain accompanied by jazz. Beale Street offered a history of the south, of the Mississippi, of our human culture. It was all good. Very, very good.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4