Personal Retreat.

Journey to the Cross Retreat

 

What if the cross was our framework for understanding the journey of life, a journey that encompasses gifts, hardship, suffering, and blessing?

 

Our redemption is a story of renewal. Loss, trials, and sacrifice have meaning in God's story because death becomes resurrection and suffering becomes glory. The power of sin and evil can no longer enslave us since it was defeated at the cross. Because of Jesus' finished work at the cross... intimacy with God is offered. We are placed into the story of Jesus and his story becomes our story. 

 

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 NAS

 

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory {and power} and of God rests upon you. 

1 Peter 4:12-14 ESV

Would a personal retreat serve the needs of your heart? 

Consider taking a personal retreat to consider Jesus' journey to the cross and the journey to the cross that every disciple travels. Intimacy with God is found through the cross.

1. Slowing down (Pg. 3)

     How do you come?

Use the button at the bottom for a copy of the retreat document. You can download and use for your personal retreat (document is copyright protected.)

Videos of the readings will be posted.

2. Lectio Divina I: John 11:1-16 (Pg. 4-5)

       A Sacred Delay: Friends Trusted with Suffering

     

3. Prayer Practice: Suffering as a Doorway (Pg. 6)

4. Lectio Divina II: John 13:1-12 (Pg. 7-8)

      A Sacred humility: Washed by Jesus

5. Scripture Reflection: Luke 22:14-16, 39-62 (Pg. 9-11)

      A Sacred Sifting: the Enemy Comes, Jesus Prays

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