Wednesday, October 27, 2004

on retreat - introvert processing anyone?

Today I am going to Stanton House for a quiet day on my own. It's a beautiful, fairly small, retreat house just outside Oxford which I use fairly often for small group retreats etc. (our team went there for a couple of nights in September). What's quite unusual about it is that it is an evangelical retreat house and I haven't come across too many of them. Maybe that says something about the nature of evangelicalism. I know that I don't do this sort of thing anywhere near as often as I should. I'm not good at retreating. But I am coming to recognise the importance of it. I - with a group of friends who are part of hOME - am developing a rule of life for myself. One of my commitments is to take a quiet day each month to re-focus on God, listen to what he has to say, process stuff going on in my life...all of that sort of stuff. I think the tendency for activists such as myself is often to keep going and keep going, until we reach breaking point and something has to give. and that's when we tend to snap and damage those around us. so....i am trying to become a more reflective person who spends regular quality time with God, and that's what today is all about.

Stanton House


Naomi said...

Well to combine comments on this and your previous post - my weaknesses definitely include being very poor at any kind of spiritual discipline ... silence and fasting being among them - which were a (semi) enforced part of my day to day... the extravert side of me really wants someone to 'hold my hand' through the process and the perfectionist in me wants them to tell me i got it all right! sigh... let us know how you got on - and any tips for successful retreating much appreciated

Matt said...

thanks Naomi. it was a good day. i learnt some stuff about hearing God which i will probably just post as another blog entry.
one thing i loved was that there was a duck in the stream which had a quack just like a laugh and it sounded SO much like the other ducks were telling ot jokes! amused me anyway!