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“Give me a drink:” Longing for the Presence of Christ – Part 1

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in News | Comments Off on “Give me a drink:” Longing for the Presence of Christ – Part 1

“Give me a drink:” Longing for the Presence of Christ – Part 1

—a Meditation by Naomi Wenger, Lent 3, 2020 This meditation is based on the Lenten Retreat given at The Hermitage on March 7, using the scriptures for the third Sunday in Lent for 2020. It will be posted over four days this week, Monday (3/16), Tuesday (3/17), Thursday, (3/19), and Friday (3/20). Each day includes a meditation and suggestions for practice. In this time when the whole world is focused on a virus, my hope is that you will be encouraged to keep thirsting for Christ. Part 1 When I was a child, my family had a lot on a lake. At first, we camped there in a tent, then we had an old trailer and a home-made camper. Then, my brother’s tree house, tree palace, really, for size, was taken down from the tree and it traveled to the lake lot where it became another room. In the end, we built a house there for my parent’s retirement. It was always the lake that was the draw. The lake and the fire pit. These were the two forces of this place. We talked about going to the lake when we discussed long weekends and vacations.   The lot was on the western shore of a large lake, 5 miles long and 2 miles wide. So, in the morning, when the sun was coming up, the dock received the first sun. With mist rising off the water and gentle waves lapping against the bank, I would sit on the warming dock, wrapped in a towel, waiting for the day to get warm enough to plunge into the water. The bottom of the lake here was sandy with a few toe-stubbing rocks. I could spend hours floating, swimming, rock hunting at the wave’s edge, and rowing our small aluminum boat along the shore. If someone would go with me, we would row a mile to the islands in the middle of the lake and explore them. My favorite times were sleeping all night in the hold of the sailboat we anchored in the shallow water. The gentle action of the waves, the sound of the loons, and the brightness of the stars were beauty enough to contend with the mosquitoes that whined in our ears and bit our faces. In the early days, we drank water right out of the lake. As time went on, we had a well drilled and fitted with a hand pump. We were never thirsty. There was water, everywhere, to drink.  In fact, I don’t remember being thirsty as a child. There was a small aluminum drinking cup on the bathroom sink and we all drank from it whenever we were thirsty. When I got older and began hiking, I knew what thirst was. We could no longer drink the water from the streams along the paths. So, we carried water wherever we went. But, sometimes, we underestimated the amount of water we might want on a hike. Or, we thought there would be water available somewhere along the way and the spring or stream, when we found it, was brackish or dry. Then, the only thing to do was to keep walking until more water was found. We couldn’t camp until we found water. Only one time, have I ever camped without having enough water for supper and breakfast in my water bottle.  We don’t realize how precious water is and how necessary, when it is so readily available in plastic bottles and at fountains in public places. In the last five years, we have become more aware of the preciousness and elusiveness of...

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Standing with Mary Magdalene: Re-discovering Devotion to Christ

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in | 0 comments

Standing with Mary Magdalene: Re-discovering Devotion to Christ

In this era of “Me too” we are uncovering the misuses of power embedded in our culture. Mary Magdalene’s historic reputation has been the victim of this kind of abuse of power. We miss the intensity of her personal devotion to Christ and her unflagging faith and deep understanding of what Jesus taught if we get side-tracked by the sensationalism of the tradition surrounding her. Looking at the brief Biblical record about her gives a startlingly different portrait of the Mary who was part of the company of women who supported Jesus and his disciples. She was a woman of great humanity, great courage, great love, and great fidelity. Come stand with Mary M in recovering her story of devotion and discovering your own devotion to Christ. This retreat is for women and men. We will begin with supper on Friday evening (please arrive by 5pm) and conclude by 4pm on Saturday afternoon. Retreat Facilitator: Naomi  Wenger To register email or call before May 24: contact@hermitagecommunity.org OR 269-244-8696. Suggested Donation:...

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Advent Quiet Day Retreat “We are Pregnant and Waiting”

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in | Comments Off on Advent Quiet Day Retreat “We are Pregnant and Waiting”

“We are Pregnant and Waiting” “It is Advent and we are a people, pregnant. Pregnant and waiting. We long for the God/Man to be born, and this waiting is hard. Our whole life is spent, one way or another, in waiting.” –Gertrud Mueller Nelson, To Dance With God This Advent retreat consider two questions: What is waiting to be born in me?, and What is waiting to be born in the world? We will have periods of input, of silence with the options of journal-writing or art-making or woods-walking, and of group conversation. Cost for the day retreat only is $50. You are also welcome to reserve a guest room for either Friday night prior or for the entire weekend.  Contact The Hermitage make your reservation. For further information about the retreat, contact June Mears...

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Advent Quiet Day Retreat “We are Pregnant and Waiting”

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in | Comments Off on Advent Quiet Day Retreat “We are Pregnant and Waiting”

“We are Pregnant and Waiting” “It is Advent and we are a people, pregnant. Pregnant and waiting. We long for the God/Man to be born, and this waiting is hard. Our whole life is spent, one way or another, in waiting.” –Gertrud Mueller Nelson, To Dance With God This Advent retreat consider two questions: What is waiting to be born in me?, and What is waiting to be born in the world? We will have periods of input, of silence with the options of journal-writing or art-making or woods-walking, and of group conversation. Cost for the day retreat only is $50. You are also welcome to reserve a guest room for either Friday night prior or for the entire weekend.  Contact The Hermitage make your reservation. For further information about the retreat, contact June Mears...

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Lent Quiet Day Retreat

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in | Comments Off on Lent Quiet Day Retreat

Come away for a day of quiet reflection in Lent. This guided retreat day includes short meditations followed by time for personal reflection. The suggested donation for the day is $50 and includes lunch. If you would like to add an overnight either before or after the retreat, the suggested donation for the overnight plus retreat is $75. Leader: Naomi Wenger Please contact us to register before April 22.

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