There is something about a church women’s retreat.
We certainly know how to make things pretty.
How to put out a spread of food.
And how to eat it.
How to keep the coffee brewing.
How to take the conversation to the next room when it dives deep.
How to laugh.
How to laugh hard.
How to laugh at ourselves
and then share it with others
so they can laugh too.
How to share our feelings,
and what God is doing with all of them.
We know how to hear when a word is being spoken
and when to notice when someone in the corner
is being split wide open from that word.
How to stay up too late talking
and playing games.
We know how to make a mess
and how to clean it up.
We know how to encourage.
We know how to cheer.
We know how to celebrate that we are
fearfully and wonderfully made.
And we know that that looks differently on every single one of us.
We know how to lead
and when to follow.
We know when to acknowledge the struggle
and when to suck. it. up.
We know when to look up
and notice all the beauty around us.
to find what we’re really made of.