Walking onto the Happy Valley Campground I sensed a spirit of love and welcoming from each of those who were called to serve us and who had been praying for us. Terry and I remarked that we felt as one with the group from the beginning. All nervousness about this program fell away. I think all those who came were just hungry for connection with God from the start.
When the first class by Laurie Gordon ended, I felt like dancing before God! Laurie, a retired Research Biologist, Spiritual Director and Evangelist in Community of Christ, showed us how God is always beyond our understanding of God. I was filled with humility and joy. Her classes were only part of the experience of worship I was blessed to enjoy.
When around 100 voices joined together to sing, I wondered if people were chosen because of their ability to sing. The worship leader was Katie Harmon-Mclaughlin, a Spiritual Formation Specialist. I came so needy and I was not let down. The Spiritual Formation Team taught us many ways to connect with God: Holy Attention, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, Dwelling in the Word, Prayer of Examen and more.
We walked among the redwoods; hiked the mountain behind us; ate delicious, nutritious food; and visited with old and new friends. In small covenant discipleship groups, we shared stories of our own journeys and learned how to listen to others.
I came to this experience feeling so flat and in need of uplift. I’m now so excited to continue on this journey with others and with God. I believe God has brought me to this place and I feel thankful that God has never let me down on my journey.