As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and pay attention to your breathing. Take three deep breaths and remember that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue this journey of growth and discovery.
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel."
Even as the pain of sin takes hold in the world, God speaks of the one who will strike back against the evil one who tempted Adam and Eve. When we hear whispers or shouts tempting us to turn away from a trusting relationship with God, we remember the story of the fall of Adam and Eve. Even when we turn away from God, he does not abandon us. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are present in our lives to help us to strike back at temptation and live a life of faithfulness to God.
In what ways am I tempted to turn away from God and others?
What steps can I take to be more open to God's grace in my life?
(Speak to God, using these words or others that come to mind for you.)
When I turn away from you, my God, Lord, have mercy. When I turn away from those around me, Lord, have mercy. When I hear the Word of God, thank you, Lord. When I let others into my heart, thank you, Lord.