26 July 2009 ~ 2 Comments


3 or 4 years ago, in a class at Vanguard, one of my professors (I think it may have been Roger Heuser) talked about the value of taking a silent retreat.  A day or two or three to just get away and spend the entire time in complete silence, and hear from God.  If you know me, you’ll understand why that sounded like total hell to me.  Which is why I figured it would be a good discipline for me to practice sometime.

So for years I have talked about wanting to do that.  Then I was in Atlanta a few weeks ago and met Eric (@double3).  A few days after I met him, he spent a night at a monastery in silence and solitude.  Thinking about that, I decided it was time and started looking around.  Rachel’s parents are coming into town this week, so I figured I could get away and not be leaving her alone with the kids.

So as soon as I’m done typing this, I’m gonna leave to head to Big Sur Hermitage and spend about 24 hours in silence and solitude with Benedictine monks.

To be honest, I feel kinda weird about it now that I’m heading out.  I was up a few nights ago cause from 3-4 am cause it was so quiet I couldn’t stop my mind from racing.  Thinking about plans, dreams, disappointments, celebrations, concerns, vision, etc.  Add to that the unknown setting of a monastery, I’m kinda nervous, but looking forward to it at the same time.

All that to say I’m gonna go enjoy this view…

…with these guys…

…and do this.
Photo 131

Taking my Bible, Guide to Prayer, My Utmost For His Highest, and a sketchbook/journal.
And will hopefully hear God speak in the silence.
Catch ya on the flip side!

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