The crisp, cold air that surrounds the Feliciana Retreat Center made sitting by the fire and roasting marshmallows all the more comforting. The quiet serene environment of Feliciana allowed for us to take a moment to breathe and relax. The YAVs have been serving the Presbytery of South Louisiana for over three months. Wrapped up in three months was the getting-to-know-my-housemates, adjusting to life in the South, figuring out how to live on a shoe string budget, and so much more.
“It was nice to get away for a little while to recharge spiritually.” -alicia weber
The theme of the retreat was based on Henri Nouwen’s The Life of the Beloved. To be God’s beloved sons and daughters is the reason for our creation. In order to live as the beloved, we need to be conscious of the movements of the Spirit in our lives which allows us to respond to our daily struggles and receive God’s love.
Nouwen chose four words to describe our spiritual journey: taken, blessed, broken and given. For Christians, these words remind us of communion bread and the life of Jesus Christ. As God’s beloved, we are also taken by God, blessed daily and broken in order to be given to Him and others.
For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:33
In between times of reflection and worship, we managed to prepare and share our own meals, climb a 30-foot rock wall and zip line down, play some intense Catch Phrase and made cards for patients of Children’s Hospital.
Many thanks go out to PSL for their continued support of the YAV program and also to Michael, Ruby and Ashley Harrison for their kindness and hospitality at Feliciana. We appreciated having Rev. Jean Marie Peacock present to break bread with us, and Duncan for leading us in songs of worship and praise.
To God be the glory both now and forever. Amen.