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.
"It is the LORD who marches before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed."
We have every reason to trust in God. The Book of Deuteronomy promises that the Lord goes ahead of us and will never abandon us. Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise. By his Incarnation, Jesus accompanied us in our human experience. When we call Jesus Emmanuel, which means "God is with us," we are reminded that we are not alone. After the Resurrection, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with the disciples and to remain with us always. There is no reason to fear.
When have I recently caught myself worrying about a future event over which I have no control?
When have I felt convinced that the Lord marches before me?
(Speak to God, using these words or your own.)
Loving God, thank you for your constant presence with us. When I am tempted to doubt your promise, help me to trust that you will never forsake me.