As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Let go of any distracting thoughts. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
The first chapter of Genesis is all about beginnings. It describes how God created light from darkness, brought order out of chaos, separated the land from water, and finally created the human family. God looked at all he had made and found it very good. God's love surrounds us today with the same intensity as it did on that very first day of Creation.
How aware am I that I live because God's continuing love upholds me?
When was the last time I took a long, loving look at something I made?
(Speak to God, using these words or your own words.)
God,Creator of all that is, help me be a person who reflects your goodness to others, especially to those who are most in need of a sign of your love and kindness.