6 responses

  1. Maggie Kast
    May 20, 2021

    Lovely. Such a beautiful experience of letting go of preconceptions and sinking into the real.


  2. Art Fahy
    June 1, 2021

    This truly is a life lesson to learn. Taking a block of time to be present. To see the world and how it can be. Being present can be a cleansing of the soul and strengthening of character.


    • Crystal Byers
      June 30, 2021

      Ten years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Jerusalem and the garden of Gethsemane with my mother. Eighteen months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting in a beach house in Galveston, Texas, for a writing retreat with Bret Lott, the epitome of shalom. He even cooked for my cohort.


  3. Greg
    June 5, 2021

    Thanks, Bret, for sharing this. It brings me back to my visit to Jerusalem two years ago, but it also reminds me of how countercultural practicing shabbat is. I think we all thought we’d come out on the other side of this pandemic monk-like in our appreciation for community and silence, and now that things are turning toward normal, it’s clear that practicing a sabbath isn’t part of our DNA, but is something we need more than ever. I’ll definitely be sharing this story with my students next year. Thank you!


  4. Margie Hord
    June 21, 2021

    It reminds me of the old days when there was basically no shopping on Sundays, and how my roommate at Wheaton College amazed me in that on the Lord’s Day she didn’t do homework, so disciplined herself to finish beforehand. Occasionally I tried to imitate her. Just setting aside a day for rest and worship is very meaningful.


  5. Ken
    August 2, 2021

    This was a joy to read, a lovely beginning.


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