As you begin your retreat, take a moment to notice God's loving presence. Be aware that he is with you on this journey of growth and discovery.
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.
Each of us knows the chaos of searching, wondering, and waiting for direction. In the Genesis story it is the Word of God that brings order, balance, and beauty to creation. We experience God's presence in the created world. When we consider the beauty of the world and understand that "God saw how good it was" after each act of creation, we become increasingly aware that our special place in creation gives us unique dignity and value. In turn, we have both a responsibility to care for creation and give God praise and thanks.
When I find myself under pressure or in a chaotic situation, how do I respond?
How can I look for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to bring order, balance, unity, and beauty to my life?
(Speak to your heavenly Father, using this prayer or one of your own.)
God, you bring beauty out of chaos. Form my life, through the Son and the Holy Spirit. Grant me the grace to reflect your love and presence through my words and deeds.