A Life With Laughter

A chronicle of our adventures raising two boys....

Monday, March 20, 2006


I wanted to take a moment to say a little piece about my weekend on the Walk to Emmaus, and the whole experience in general. Not that many people read this site, and I know most of them are family. Regardless of that, there are things I would still like to put to words...

I know personally, it was a positive life-changing weekend for me. It helped me return to many things in my life that I had turned away from and helped me strip away years of pain I had caused myself. It was a very rejuvenating and inspiring kind of event that allowed for much introspection and spiritual fulfillment. It isn't, nor would I ever claim it to be the "solution" for any one problem or host of problems for any person. However, I would claim that there is a high chance the Walk can change your life in a positive way. It's a pretty powerful thing to feel that much love over the course of 72 hours. It can change your perspective, give you insight, give you hope, give you freedom, give you fulfillment, give you redemption, give you cleansing, give you wholeness, give you faith. However, from my experience, it isn't "giving" you anything. It was already there. You just didn't choose to accept it. There is no magic pill in the form of a coordinated religious weekend outing. That just doesn't happen. What does happen though is opportunity. The Walk for me was an opportunity for me to break down barriers inside myself, and open myself up to His message. When I did that and totally surrendered for the first time in a very long time, I felt fulfilled. I felt a wholeness that I had been longing for. For so long now, I've had that sense of separation and though I was seeking, I wasn't fully surrendering and during the weekend, the opportunity was made so that I could once again do that. In doing so, I was able to rekindle my personal relationship with God. And that, is a good feeling.


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