Beside the Waters of Rest

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Have you ever been on a retreat? In my previous post on Elijah’s depression in the desert, I talked about the value I find in retreats – formal and informal – as ways of refreshing mind, body, and spirit, before returning to the world once more. Your retreat might be a formal retreat in a place designed for the purpose; or it might be a few days with a friend. It might follow a programme of reflection and worship; or it might be some time doing nothing at all. One thing all retreats have in common is that they are a time out, a time away from our normal lives, a time to recover, and perhaps to discover more about ourselves, and our faith.

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