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Sermon quotes on retreat

Ruth Haley Barton

Retreat in the context of the spiritual life is an extended time apart for the purpose of being with God and giving God our full and undivided attention;

Taken from Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God by Ruth Haley Barton Copyright (c) 2018 by Ruth Haley Barton. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Ruth Haley Barton

On retreat we stop avoiding the pain of the disconnect between our deepest desires and the way we are actually living. We have time and space to reflect on our life rhythms to see if they are really working.

Taken from Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God by Ruth Haley Barton Copyright (c) 2018 by Ruth Haley Barton. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Ruth Haley Barton

Surrender—or “abandonment to divine providence,” as it is called in some of the older writings—is the central dynamic of the spiritual life, and retreat offers us many concrete opportunities for practicing it.

Taken from Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God by Ruth Haley Barton Copyright (c) 2018 by Ruth Haley Barton. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Emilie Griffin

[A Retreat is] a generous commitment to our friendship with God.

Wilderness Time: A Guide for Spiritual Retreat (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p,3.

Emilie Griffin

[A time comes] when we yearn for more of God than our schedules will allow.

Wilderness Time: A Guide for Spiritual Retreat (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p,1.

Emile Griffin

When should I make a retreat? When there is no time to do it, that’s when you most need to unclutter the calendar and go apart to pray. When the gridlock of your schedule forbids it. . . . That is when your heart beats against the prison walls of your enslavement and says, ‘Yes, Lord, I want to spend time with you.

Wilderness Time: A Guide for Spiritual Retreat (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p.17.

Emile Griffin

Making a retreat requires as certain kind of trust. We need to trust the Spirit. In contrast to vacations or holidays in which activities—planned sight-seeing, sports, entertainment, or events—are within our control, retreat leads us into a less predictable situation. We don’t know what God has in store for us, but we are willing to risk what we will find out.

Wilderness Time: A Guide for Spiritual Retreat (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p.25.

Emile Griffin

When we go on retreat, we clear space for God’s action in our calendar…Making a retreat requires a certain kind of trust…We don’t know what God has in store for us, but we are willing to risk what we will find out.

Wilderness Time: A Guide for Spiritual Retreat (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p.17.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

We cannot find God in noise or agitation. Nature: trees, and grass grow in silence. The stars, the moon, the sun move in silence.

Henri Nouwen

We aren’t rest-filled people who occasionally become restless; we’re restless people who sometimes find rest.

Henri Nouwen

Ask me not where I live or where I like to eat . . . ask me what I am living for and what is keeping me from living fully for that.

Dallas Willard

If you don’t come apart for a while, you will come apart after a while.

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