|“I need to read my Bible and pray more” is what students tend to say when they want to engage more deeply with their faith. We decided to use our fall retreat, a weekend away at Camp Medley, to give students tools on how to read their Bibles and pray better. We gave some examples of different ways to engage with prayer and scripture, such as lectio divina, praying through psalms, and sitting in silence. One student said that while praying through the psalms, she heard from God more clearly than she ever had before.
Choosing Rest Over Busyness
Our retreat intentionally had a very light schedule. This gave students space to try out some of the prayer and scripture exercises we showed them. It also gave them space to nap, play frisbee, drink tea, sit in the sun, or do homework if they needed to. One student decided to leave her phone in her cabin for the whole weekend. On Friday night this was causing her a bit of anxiety, especially as she wouldn’t even have a time piece, but on Sunday she was completely content to just sit and be. Students are learning that God does not call them to constantly perform and prove their worth, but that he calls them to healthy rhythms of both work and rest.