The Dancing Puritan

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I am not sure how I survived before the days of Pandora Radio. With Pandora I can just click on Fernando Ortega and it is like David playing his harp before Saul. The older I get, the more I need soft music, gentle melodies, and that "peaceful easy feeling."

The folks at WinShape seem to intuitively know, that when I show up for one of their retreats, I need my bed and my music soft.  I need fireplaces, mountainsides, flowing streams and a lake with a swan. Martha Berry, in the 1930's, seemed to know what I was going to need when she designed her dairy farm. And when Truett and Jeannette Cathy developed WinShape Retreat from that farm, they provided a treasure for those who long for a pilgrim's refuge along their journey to the Celestial City.

Life is a gift from God with many moving parts. If I want to sit around the table with my family and enjoy the bounty of the earth, God requires me work. If I am to work in the way God intended, I must learn to rest.

As I sit here in my office, I can hear my children and grandchildren upstairs running across the floor. Their little feet carry them to their next adventure. And gracing the room above me is a woman that has captured my imagination and has owned my heart for nearly 28 years. I want to love my family better. They need me to work hard. They need me to know both peace with God and the peace of God. They need for me to labor so passionately that the sweat from my brow soaks my shirt collar. And they need me to receive God's gifts of green pastures and still waters. They need for me to rest.

My heart overflows with thankfulness to God for the folks at WinShape for giving Lori and me a few days of peace and quiet. As I listen to my peaceful music, I am reminded that God offers peace, through Christ, to a noisy, hurting, and restless world.