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This weekend is the first WholeLife Church Retreat! Our speaker, Dr. Carla Gober-Park, will be speaking on “Rising From the Dust,” considering what God may be telling us we need to let go of in order to be able to move into the future. Below is a Scripture and prayer for each day, Monday thru Friday, along with a link for a devotional thought and music to be used at your discretion. I hope this is beneficial as you prepare for an AMAZING weekend. I look forward to seeing you at Camp Kulaqua.
For those who will not be attending this year’s retreat, I hope the devotionals will offer encouragement and inspiration. If you do plan to attend—even just for the day on Saturday—be sure to register ASAP. Tuesday is the final day the online application will be available here.
PLEASE REMEMBER: There will be no worship services or classes at the Hospital Church/WholeLife Church this Saturday.
BONUS: Listen to BURN THE SHIPS by For King and Country. The lyrics will be used during the weekend.
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Monday: How Letting Go Saved My Life
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Faithful God, you are the Giver of Life. You know the end from the beginning, and you are always working for good in the world. I will set my mind and my heart on you today, seeking the beauty of your grace. Amen.
Tuesday: Trading Fear for Fear
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Powerful God, you are the Holy Protector. You are a Shelter in the storm and a Light in the darkness. Your presence surrounds me throughout my journey, and I will trust you today. Amen.
There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do
Wednesday: Get Past Your Past
But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
Constant God, you are good, and your mercies are new every day. You hold the future in your hands, and creation proclaims your sovereignty. I will move forward in faith today, knowing I am held in your grace. Amen.
Thursday: Keeping the Feast
I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Comforting God, your healing arms embrace a broken world. Your presence is a comfort in times of distress. I will focus my eyes on the future plans you have prepared for my good. Amen.
Friday: A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance
So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.
Redeeming God, you are eternal—without beginning or end. Life is formed by your hands, and you breathe hope into your creation. I will trust in your unconditional love, knowing my steps are sure as I walk in your grace. Amen.