Tomorrow I am going with some friends to Eureka Springs, and I am living in eager anticipation.
The occasion is a centering prayer retreat led by Thomas Keating, author of the book Open Mind, Open Heart, and something of a crusader for the practice of centering prayer, a prayer discipline that has been a real blessing in my life over the past eight months.
I'm hoping to visit the lake pictured above, maybe do some drawing, do a little window shopping in the Victorian downtown area, but mostly just....retreat. Be quiet and pray. Get more centered.
Be. With God.
Oh, and hoping against hope to hear John Michael Talbot sing more than he did at the retreat I attended last year, when his doctor had ordered him not to sing too much!
If you want to see where I'll be staying, check out www.christviewmin.org
If you want to learn more about the retreat hosts, check out www.littleportion.org
For JMT's music, check out www.johnmichaeltalbot.com
And if you want to know more about centering prayer, check out www.centeringprayer.com
And if you can teach me how to make those addresses turn into links, give me a call!