“Aging: The Open Door to the Rest of Your Life” — June 22, 2024

This retreat will be repeated on February 1, 2025 on ZOOM. Here is the description. Please let me know if you would like to attend.

“The Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.” (2 Corinthians 2:12)

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” (Alexander Graham Bell)

Are you standing in the liminal space between the closed door of a known past and the open door to an unknown future?  

This retreat is designed to help you see the opportunity presented by the open door of aging.  If you regard aging as an integral part of God’s gift of life, you can be confident about stepping through that door.  How can you support and sustain that confidence?  By creating your own Credo of Aging — a statement of beliefs and approaches that will help you flourish in a new and meaningful stage of life.

This retreat will be a time of personal discovery.  Using a variety of creative and spiritual tools, you will review what has brought you to this time of transition.  You will design your Credo, an approach to the future that is uniquely yours, because it will be based on your own history and your own aspirations. 

Aging is an experience that is both universal and unique.  As part of the mortal human community, we all take a journey from birth through life until death.  As unique individuals, we take this journey in ways that no one else ever has, or ever will.  And along the way, we encounter challenge and opportunity, success and failure, joy and sorrow, clarity and deep mystery.  Doors close, doors open, paths unfurl ahead of us and detours and crossroads abound.  Always — if we are paying attention — there are questions about the meaning of life, and how to fulfill it, how to honor what God has freely given us.  Whenever these questions come upon us, that is the time to begin engaging with them.  This retreat may be your time.