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. Feel God's loving gaze upon you.
[Jesus] said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
We have been commissioned. The Lord has given us our life's work, and we know that we have a part in God's plan. We may not know where we will go next or what we will be called on to do in the future, but with Christ's peace and his guidance, we don't have to worry. The Lord has given us what we need. Now we are sent forth.
What does it mean for me in my daily life to be sent by God?
How open am I to the movement of the Spirit in my life?
(Speak to God, using these words or words of your own.)
O God, fill me with hope, direction, motivation, and love. Send me in your name. I seek to do your will, and with your grace I will bring peace where it is most needed.