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Friday, October 01, 2010

Need a place to retreat?

Fresh Manna
by Renee Burt


Yesterday, I went over to my mom and dad’s house to help with some of the last minute details that needed to get done before they make the big move…from the home they’ve lived in for the past 40 years to a condominium. It’s been a move that my siblings and I have been encouraging them to make for years. So I’ve felt nothing but excitement…until yesterday, when I saw that my old bedroom had been emptied of my bed, dresser and all the knick knacks of my youth.

I felt a wave of nostalgia…I mean, who wouldn’t? And one of the things I remembered was how many times I had retreated to that bedroom, when I felt sad, scared or upset. It was a safe, quiet, comforting place to cry my tears and have space to sort out my feelings. I was thankful to have had that room all those years. But how much more thankful am I that no matter where I live, no matter how old I get…I’ve found a place to retreat to that will never be sold, that I’ll never outgrow, and that I don’t have to travel to get to.

And just so you know it’s not just my own private place! So have YOU felt like crying lately…or needed a quiet place to sort out your feelings? Do you sometimes wish you had a place to retreat to? The place I’ve found has more than enough space for both of us…for all of us! So come on in and join me…the door is wide open!

Psalm 71:1-3 MSG ~ I run for dear life to God….Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Be a guest room where I can retreat; you said your door was always open! You’re my salvation…


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