Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ups and Downs

I just got back from a choir retreat up in the mountains.  We were there with our Advanced Women's Choir ("Finesse") to rehearse and "bond" over the weekend.  It was a beautiful spot, gorgeously cold and clear weather, good food and great company!
One of the activities of the weekend was an "Ice Breaker" called "Ups and Downs".  We each had a large piece of paper on which we drew pictures and arrows indicating highs and lows in our lives.  The goal of this activity was to show that we each have different highs and lows, ups and downs and that life is not all one or the other, nor is it just one long straight line, and how we can understand and support each other, knowing what we've been through.
There were a lot of tears as the girls shared events in their lives that have shaped them... both up and down, high and low.  I was surprised at how much some of these girls have been through!  The highs were consistent... friends, relationships, music, and... GOD!  (The times when they felt close to God or had made a commitment to follow Him).  The lows were also consistent... divorce, death, illnesses and broken friendships. 
I am so glad that with the highs and lows that God never changes and He is there through all of them.  It was great to be able to share a little bit one on one with a few of the girls (and moms that went) how faithful God has been to me/us in the really low times as well as the high.
As for me, this years' "Finesse Retreat" was a high point. 

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