As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.
The use of the word "ordered" is particularly appropriate in this verse. The universe was not simply created by God and left alone, but was created and given order, a form and unity that, through God, continually stands against chaos. God's loving presence is evident in the beauty and balance of all creation. \r\r\r\rThrough our faith in the Word of God we know that all existence is the manifestation of the Lord. As people of faith, we do not need tangible proof to believe, and yet because we believe, we see tangible proof all around us.
What in God's creation feeds my spiritual life the most?
Am I growing in relationship with the Lord by becoming more aware of God's everlasting love?
(Speak to God, using this prayer or one of your own.)
God of all that is and ever shall be, thank you for my gift of faith.