As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to set aside distractions. Take several long, deep breaths and know that you are in the loving presence of God.
But the LORD's messenger called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Yes, Lord," he answered. "Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger. "Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son."
God blessed Sarah and Abraham with a son. Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac, his long-awaited child, is a dramatic demonstration of his faithfulness. God blesses Abraham's trust, declaring that Abraham's descendants will be as countless as the stars. With God, abundant blessings can come from even the most difficult trials. The descendants of Abraham are God's Chosen People. With them we have a mission to proclaim God's saving help.
What area of my life do I try to withhold from God?
What blessings has God brought out of the trials of my life?
(Speak to God with this prayer or one of your own.)
Faithful God, you walk with me through all of my difficulties. Help me to be a witness to your strength and faithfulness.