The Gathering, Carmel, Indiana ~ Spring 2020

As we walk through this crazy life, we kinda get beat up pretty good.  Stayin’ hopeful and vibrant is tough.  Jesus gave us some delicious fruit to get us through – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. But, once in a while, we need to hang out with folks who are tryin’ to stay steady in the midst of pain, loneliness, illness, heartbreak, & doubt.  Hard To Get is truth Rich experienced.  Hard To Get is truth we all experience.  Walking Stick Retreats is bringin’ folks together to listen, encourage, strengthen, yet still rejoice as we hike on step-by-step through this glorious life God gives us.

Come join us.  It'll be good for our souls.

 

June 26-28, 2020

Cost: $100.00 for all retreat programming and meals.

Damon can help you find lodging - Call him @ 517-204-5348

https://www.gatheringincarmel.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/166405514593128/
 

Theme: Hard to Get

Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 26th

 4:00 p.m.          Registration

 6:00 p.m.          Dinner

 7:00 p.m.          Hard To Get, Session I 

 

Saturday, June 27th

 7:00 a.m.          Devotions

 8:00 a.m.          Breakfast

 9:00 a.m.          Hard To Get, Session II

12:30 p.m.           Lunch

 1:30 p.m.           Hard To Get, Session III

 4:00 p.m.          Walk & Talk on the Monon Trail

 6:30 p.m.           Dinner

 8:00 p.m.          Hard To Get, Session IV

 

Sunday, June 28th

 7:00 a.m.          Devotions

 8:00 a.m.          Breakfast

 9:00 a.m.          Hard To Get, Session V

11:00 a.m.'ish'      Picture of us wild folk

"You who live in heaven hear the prayers of those of us who live on earth
Who are afraid of being left by those we love and who get hardened by the hurt

Do you remember when You lived down here where we all scrape 

To find the faith to ask for daily bread
Did You forget about us after You had flown away
Well I memorized every word You said

Still I'm so scared I'm holding my breath
While You're up there just playing hard to get

You who live in radiance Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
We have a love that's not as patient as Yours was Still we do love now and then

Did You ever know loneliness Did You ever know need
Do You remember just how long a night can get?
When You were barely holding on and Your friends fall asleep
And don't see the blood that's running in Your sweat

Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You're up there just playing hard to get?

And I know you bore our sorrows

And I know you feel our pain
And I know it would not hurt any less
Even if it could be explained

And I know that I am only lashing out
At the One who loves me most
And after I figured this somehow
All I really need to know

Is if You who live in eternity hear the prayers of those of us who live in time
We can't see what's ahead and we can not get free of what we've left behind
I'm reeling from these voices that keep screaming in my ears
All the words of shame and doubt blame and regret

I can't see how You're leading me unless You've led me here
Where I'm lost enough to let myself be led
And so You've been here all along I guess
It's just Your ways and You are just plain hard to get"

Hard to Get by Rich Mullins

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