“If we really believe not only that God exists but also that God is actively present in our lives—healing, teaching, and guiding—we need to set aside a time and a space to give God our undivided attention.”  
~Henri Nouwen


On the weekend of April 2 the GPS crew gathered at Camp Hy Lake for our annual Spring Retreat. This year our theme was “The Hospitality of God” and our speaker was Ben Ries from Abilene Christian University. Over the weekend we dwelled in Genesis 18:1-15 where we read of God’s surprising act of hospitality.

One of the most powerful experiences of the retreat is always our Saturday afternoon of solitude and silence. Solitude is about getting alone with God. Silence is about getting quiet to hear God. The above quote from Henri Nouwen is a powerful reminder of our need for these regular times and spaces. In our busy world we rarely stop to let the noise of life turn down so that we can hear God better. But part of making and nurturing disciples mean creating space for these intentional times. We imitate our master teacher Jesus whenever we withdraw to quiet places to pray (Luke 5:16).

I am always encouraged by how God uses this retreat to speak, convict, and change us more into the image of Jesus. And I am proud of the way this group embraces this time and space every year in order to pay attention to God. This retreat is a hopeful sign that there is a desire to become more like Jesus in all areas of our lives.

~ Wilson McCoy