Restoration and Respite
Find a place for spiritual restoration and reflection
Have you ever wanted to go away on a respite from life’s difficulties to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you and experience Jesus ministering to you?
If you read my Good News Reflections, have you ever wished you could visit me and have some personal, one-on-one spiritual coaching?
We may soon be able to offer such a resting place on the journey of faith, a healing place for the weary — virtually and in person.
It can be a place where you can be strengthened for the battles you endure in your ministry or your family or workplace.
It can be a place to rest from the Way of the Cross that you walk with Jesus.
It just might be God’s answer to the dream he first planted in my heart in 2003, when I was weary and in need of rest during a very difficult time in my life.
It’s based on Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
He nourishes me in green pastures.
He leads me to restful waters to restore my strength.
He guides me along the right path.
Even when I walk through a dark valley,
I fear no evil for the Lord is my side.
His rod and staff give me courage.
He sets a table before me as my enemies watch.
He anoints my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and love will be follow me the days of my life.
I will dwell in the house of my Lord for years to come.
We are preparing to start a capital campaign to purchase a retreat-like house to serve as an office for the GNM staff (with several advantages over our current office), a studio for Virtual Reality Retreats, and a respite place for those who are actively serving the Lord in public ministry or in the home and family or in a secular job and are weary from difficulties and need rest and restoration in the Holy Spirit.
In 2009, I was inspired by the question: “What’s your holy grail?” The Holy Grail of scripture was the chalice that held the wine that became the blood of Christ at his Last Supper. Our own, personal holy grail is anything of the Lord, which seems hidden or elusive, that you’re willing to sacrifice anything to obtain and that you search for with great effort.
In response to this question, I wrote:
My Holy Grail
my cup of suffering
my cup of ministry
in the calling to continue the ministry of Christ
using my own unique set of gifts and talents.
The prayer that I have now
for Christ to dip into his blood
and to give to me in spiritual holy communion
if this passion within me
truly is his will
for the ministry he has called me to do:
the freedom of time
made available by assistants
for the purpose of developing
a ministry of teaching people to
center their lives on Christ,
and overcome today’s culture of too much busyness,
for the sake of recovering a balanced life
that includes Sabbath peace,
and following Christ in the ministry of their callings.
With God’s help, may we soon say: New energy begins here – virtually and in person – for the weary who seek time out with Christ.
For more information, contact Terry Modica.