In Touch December 2, 2011
Posted on December 2, 2011 by under Touché,

 A Day Away

He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Mark 6:31-31)

Last Saturday I was in Times Square; it was packed.  This Saturday I will be at Graymor; it will be peaceful.  The only way I can handle a Times Square world is to come away to a deserted place. I have found that our yearly “Day Away” is one of the most important ways that I get ready for Christmas. Usually when we hear that question: “Are you ready for Christmas?”, it is about to-do lists, decorations and present purchases, but I ask the question in a way that invites you to get ready with a focus on the spiritual disciplines of silence, meditation, prayer and scripture.  The Day Away is a great way to get ready.

This year our Day Away will be led by Colette Varanaouskas.  Colette is an elder who is particularly passionate about discipleship.  As elders, we have been discussing what the resources are that we have available to help people move into 167 Living.  I believe a focus on spiritual disciplines for each follower of Christ is key.

We intentionally do our Day Away when people are busy.  Many cannot make it because they have too many things to do.  It is in just such moments that we need to ‘be’ instead of do.  There is still time and a place for you to join us at the St. Francis Chapel up on the hill at Graymoor.  On clear days you can see Times Square, at least NYC.  The only way I can keep the craziness of this world in focus is if I take time away from Times Square to be still.  I hope you find quiet, deserted places this Christmas.