Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Slow your breathing, relax, and recognize that you are in the loving presence of God.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
These words from the letter to the Philippians offer great hope. The confidence conveyed can bolster drooping spirits. We are each a work in progress, never a finished product. As long as we cooperate with God's plan, the good work continues in us until the day we die and meet God face to face. We may feel stuck or that our life lacks purpose. Maybe we think we're too old to change our thinking, or too young to take on responsibility. But there is always more to life than the present moment. We can be confident that God is at work in and through us, and desires - and will bring about - so much more for us.
Do I truly believe that God is continuously at work in me?
What changes do I notice in my thinking when I remember that other people are also works in progress?
(Speak to God using this prayer or one from your heart.)
God of hopefulness and surprises, thank you for the good work you've begun in me. Grant me the grace to be patient with all that feels incomplete within me.