Last weekend I was on my ever so anticipated Chrysalis flight. And for those of you who don’t know what Chrysalis/Emmaus is, it is a Thursday-Sunday Christian retreat. On top of being incredibly busy during the weekend, I was also not allowed to bring any electronics. Yes. No phone. No iPad or computer. No iPod. Nothing. Therefore, I had no communication with the outside world. And therefore, I wasn’t able to blog. But.. never fear! I have returned. 🙂
If you ever get the chance to attend a Chrysalis/Emmaus weekend, go. Point blank. No questions asked. Just go. You can learn more about Chrysalis/Emmaus here. And if you have gone, but have never teamed on a weekend. DO IT. When teaming, you know what is going to happen next, so you are able to really let everything sink in without being overwhelmed by it all. I almost think I get more out of the weekend each time I team than when I went the very first time. However, each weekend is such a wonderful experience and you leave with so many amazing memories and friendships.
Throughout the Chrysalis weekend, you experience time and time again God’s everlasting love. God doesn’t ask for anything in return. He gives His love freely. Without a second thought, He wraps us up in His arms and loves us. Unlike other religions, we don’t earn God’s grace. There is nothing in this world that we can do to make Him love us any more or any less. He simply loves us because we are His children. There were numerous times throughout the weekend that I saw the love of Jesus.. in people’s eyes, by their selfless acts, in prayer and devotion.. let’s just say.. I left on Sunday filled with so much of God’s agape love.
And as Jesus says, “As I have loved you, so you must love another.” God calls us to go out and love others. To show the love that He has shown us. To love those who persecute us. To love the unloveable. The infamous scripture read at weddings, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” God calls us to truly love others. But.. do we.. do we really?! Continue reading