Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Take three deep breaths, and call to mind that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue this journey of growth and discovery.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them.
God created us to show his divine glory, goodness, and beauty. We have discovered that it is through the created world that we are drawn back to God our Father who has made us, loves us, and wants us to be happy. We can best show our appreciation for God our Father and Creator by loving one another. We are at our best when we give thanks and praise to God!
How can I take some time to appreciate the beauty of God's creation?
If I were to make a poem of thanks to God, for what would I be most thankful?
(Speak to God using this prayer or one of your own.)
God, Father and Creator of all that is, help me to appreciate the goodness and beauty of your creation.