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December 6, 2021
It is Advent as I write this letter, the season of pregnant waiting. It is the darkest time of the year, with the blaze of fall colors draining to grey as winter settles in. Yet it is precisely in this cold, quiet season that we wait, expectantly, for new birth, for divine creativity.
The pandemic has been a winter of sorts with its almost unimaginable disruptions, suffering and loss. Now we are slowly, carefully emerging and experiencing new life. Here at Dayspring the rebirth has been gradual. First, we began hosting individuals for personal day retreats, and we offered online retreat days. Then, we resumed hosting small groups in person for Quiet Days and Ember Days, and then, when the time was right, larger groups for day retreats. Finally, this fall we began hosting overnight retreats again. These are changed, with new meal arrangements and safety protocols, yet essentially the same. They offer time and space in spiritual community for silence, reflection and prayer, all in the embrace of nature’s beauty, the divine mystery manifest in creation.
As we continue our reopening, with the ongoing uncertainty of these days, we are publishing our schedule on our website, www.dayspringretreat.org. Please visit to learn about upcoming retreats.
During the shutdown imposed by the pandemic, your generous support carried us along. We need that support still as we contend with ongoing limitations imposed by the coronavirus and increased costs associated with operating safely in these times. We believe that the deep community and spiritual renewal people experience as they open to the presence of God on silent retreat at Dayspring is needed now more than ever. Please consider making a special gift at this time to support the silent retreat ministry as we wait in hope for new life.
With love and gratitude on behalf of the Retreat Mission Group,
Nat Reid, Director