I am not sure where to begin. I’m not much of a writer and have often had trouble communicating my feelings in any way or shape, less so into the written word but I feel like something has to be said about this weekend’s men’s retreat so others may possibly benefit from our time.
First, thanks to the Almighty Creator and His Son for what was done for us for those who believe. Also, thanks to the Holy Spirit which I believe is enabling these words to be typed. Again, I am not much of a writer, blogger, or even a Facebook poster so forgive me if my thoughts do not come out as coherent as I planned.
This weekend’s retreat was very moving. There were testimonies given by selected speakers who shared some of the deepest experiences men can share with one another. There were talks before and after these testimonies among smaller groups of men who may never have interacted with each other before this weekend about the discussed subjects and sometimes even more painful ones that were gripping their lives. There were some discussions that even got heated, but in a good way, with the intent of love, care and understanding behind the reason, not commendation or finger pointing. Grace and truth abounded.
There were interactions between men from different walks of life, different stages in their walk with Christ and even differing views or how they understand Christ and faith. What was almost supernatural was the brutal honesty of what was shared among men who barely knew each other except for the fact they knew they shared a common bond in Christ. I’m not sure if the average person not in attendance would understand how big of a deal it is for a broken man to share some of their deepest, darkest and troubling issues to almost a complete stranger and have them put their hands on their shoulders and pray for them. To my knowledge, none of these talks happened with a licensed counselor or a mental health professional. I’m not advocating against professional help, but I do believe the first step can occur at any time and with any person. I hope and pray that those who were moved continue to seek guidance and help from those best suited to do those things since God has given all of us different gifts. I saw grown men cry. And that’s a good thing when it comes to starting down the path of spiritual healing.
I also hope and pray my meager words encourage other men who read this and who yearn to grow in their faith, have struggles or find something lacking in their life to consider the camaraderie of brothers in Christ where bonds so strong that growth can happen and shared experiences with the Grace and Truth of God may open the path to the next big thing He has for your life. Amen.
Thank you Anonymous!