Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rest and Retreat

I am in sunny – and warm – southern California this weekend. I flew down here on Thursday to lead worship at a District Ladies’ Retreat. One of the bonuses for me is the chance to spend time – and room with – one of my very dearest friends (my friend, Mrs. B., from college days). When I left Portland last Thursday morning the skies were gray and cloudy. Raindrops began to gently splash on the windows of the plane as we waited to leave the terminal. Within minutes we were high above the clouds and, as always, I was amazed that the sun is always shining. Even when we can’t see it! Here’s what I saw outside my window.

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Things began to change as we flew above the southern part of Oregon. It was obvious that the sunshine was reaching through the clouds below and creating ‘patches’ of sunshine.

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We hadn’t been airborne very long when suddenly – off in the distance – I saw a landmark and I knew it well. It was obvious that we were somewhere near the California border. There was Mt. Shasta peaking up through the clouds - standing proud and tall.

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Over an hour later I stepped off the plane, amazed at the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the blue skies. I knew it was going to be a good weekend and I was excited and ready to meet my dear friend a few minutes later. This was the weekend I had been waiting for – and preparing for!

The retreat is being held at a lovely hotel. Our accommodations are fantastic but dear to my heart are the relationships that are being renewed and formed. I’ve met three gals here who knew me in younger years and it’s wonderful to have a chance to catch up with each other. And, oh, the new friends I have found. Sisters in faith who are such a part of my life here. I can hardly believe this is real! Tomorrow at noon we will say goodbye and go our separate ways but we will never forget the friendships that began this weekend. And we will never forget the whispers of God to our hearts one weekend in September in this beautiful place.

I will return home Monday evening and there will be so much to share. My heart is full to overflowing. I am blessed. Truly blessed!

7 comments:

  1. so happy for you, adrienne!
    be blessed ... i know you will be. :o)

    jAne

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  2. Hi Adrienne, we just got home from our vacation and I had to check out what you wrote about your weight loss! You are such an inspiration, I am starting my diet and exercise program this Monday. And my daughter is too! You look absolutely wonderful! Please keep showing us your latest pictures too!
    xoxo
    Marilyn

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  3. Sounds like a fantastic time and with great friends too.

    Great analogy - the sun always shining even when we cannot see it - just as the Light of The Son is always shining even when we cannot see it.

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  4. I'm just now catching up on my blog reading and was so encouraged by your weight loss post. I'm so glad that you are on the road to better health! Enjoy your getaway; I could use one right now myself. :)

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  5. How wonderful! Have a great time Adrienne:>)

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  6. Adrienne, I hope the retreat was wonderful. It had to be with your leading! The flight photos are wonderful. I love the view from way high.

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  7. Wonderful! Look forward to hearing.
    Did you survive the heat OK? I hear it was in the triple digits there.

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