Retreat at Lake Lorelei
I just completed an eight day retreat at our house at Lake Lorelei. The fall colors are beyond peak, but still beautiful. The weather was chilly the first few days, but toward the end of the week it warmed up to almost summer temperatures. One morning I awoke to a misty scene as the cold air was condensing into cloudy gauze over the warm waters of the lake. As I was trying to capture that scene, a flock of geese flew overhead. Convinced I had had enough communing with nature that morning as I stood on the cold cement in bare feet, I returned to the warm house for breakfast.
But the week wasn't just about weather and scenery. It was about being refreshed in prayer and having some time to spend alone with myself and God. By yesterday afternoon, I was ready to pack up and go home feeling renewed and ready for work.
There is nothing like a week of quiet surrounded by nature to recharge one's batteries for both ministry and fraternal life.