Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and pay attention to your breathing. Take several deep breaths and be aware of the loving presence of God as you continue on your journey of spiritual growth.
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?
Jesus explains that God is a loving parent. He assures us that God knows and cares about all of our needs. God takes care of the birds and flowers, so surely we will be taken care of as well. Jesus assures us of the perfect and intimate love that God has for us and reminds us of our inherent worth in God's eyes.
What worries of life could I place in the care of God at this time?
How do I let others know how important they are in God's eyes and mine?
(Pray to God using these words or others that come to mind.)
Abba Father, you meet the needs of all creation. Be with me today and help me to be a sign of your love to others.