Last night I received a text message.
From my friend. Possibly upon her arrival at the Abbey of Gethsemani.
I had reserved a spot, too--and looked forward to my third retreat
at this beautiful place.
But the closer the date came,
the more I realized how unwise it was for me to go.
Circumstances made my decision clear.
But regrets? You bet!
"Send me a photo or two", I texted her back.
And with its coming this morning, more regrets.
Then I remembered a prayer I'd read recently
written by Scotty Smith that included these lines:
"Jesus...help us sort through the issues. Show us what is repent-able and what is repairable;
and bring quiet to our noisy hearts so we can hear you speak.
Convince us, yet again, that we need your presence much, much more than we need circumstances and people to change."
With my personal Amen to the prayer, I set about to "repair".
To create a faux-Gethsemani experience HERE
independent of circumstances and people.
And HERE--right HERE I anticipate hearing Him speak; experiencing His presence.
Some regrets ARE repent-able. Others repairable.
Thankfully, THIS one is repairable.