God is here…Not over there

When this assignment was given, I had no idea what picture I wanted to post on this blog. So, I decide to look through the pictures I had taken that were stored on my phone. As I was scrolling through the various pictures of friends, family and food items(yes, I’m weird because I do take pictures of my food), I stopped and looked at a picture of a slide presentation. It said, “Be a Man” with a beautiful background filled with warm colors and the silhouette of a man with his arms outstretched towards the heavens. At that moment I decided that this was going to be my picture. Now understand, to the average person who looks at the picture,there is nothing special about the image. However, when I gaze at the big and bold letters, a whirlwind of emotions and memories blow into my mind. To me, the picture reminds me of the cool June morning that several members of my congregation and I packed our bags to travel to a mens retreat in Kent, Connecticut. This was my third year going and there were so many wonderful things about it.

One of the things I loved about going is that every morning all the men would wake up and gather for a riverside devotional. We would all sing, pray and read scripture until it was time to eat breakfast. I remember being moved to tears when I stood back and realized the beauty of it all. Each and every man there had a goal. Not only did we have a goal, but we also had the same goal. United, our goal was this:To be better fathers,husbands,brothers and sons for the Lord. This was one of the most positive experiences that I have ever had in an all male environment. I’ve seldom seen a group of men be so open with one another about the challenges real men of God face in this world. I am truly thankful that I was able to go to a retreat such as this. It has altered the way I see myself as not only a man, but also as a Christian.

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