I'm at my peer group retreat. We arrived yesterday evening (on icy roads) and sat up talking until 11:30. We talked about ministry, especially the hard parts of it. We shared stories. We shared ideas. We shared hope. We shared lots of food. We had homemade beef jerky, lots of fresh fruit. Pepperoni, cheese, and crackers. Chex mix. Chocolate covered peanuts and cashews. We at and we talked. It was a wonderful evening. I feel very blessed to be a part of this group. We talked about how late it was, but no one wanted to be the first to head off to our rooms for bed.
This morning we have a spiritual director coming in to lead us in reflections on the cross. We will close with communion and then lunch. This afternoon I will be back in the office, refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges of ministry again.