Spark of Life Retreats are funded by private donations and are offered free of charge to those who have experienced loss.
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With over 1000 alumni of our retreats we have developed ongoing resources to be able to continue the journey of healing together. Our goal is to connect our alumni together with the community and … [Read More...]
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I wrote Why Do You Hurt Me God? because I had to. I was compelled to – for many reasons. Since we began Spark of Life in 2009, and really for years before, we have had that question, in one form or another, slung at us from people from all walks of life, usually after a death of a loved one, or some other horrific loss. It is a good question, because it is an honest one.
This frequently asked question comes from both ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ people. It’s a good question, one that I would ask before attending a retreat on grief.
I would ask it because personally I would not want someone telling me what I should believe about something so very personal. Plus, when I experienced heart-breaking loss, my thoughts and feelings toward my God were pretty negative.
For the 6th consecutive year, Spark of Life is privileged to offer 4 retreats on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula near Soldotna, Alaska. The retreat location is the Kenai Family Lodge, which has 1500 feet of waterfront on the Kenai River. There could not be a better location for a Grief Recovery Retreat. The fishing is great, the campfire contagious, and the fellowship is truly special. Past participants rave about this location.
We thank Craig and Joan Walstad for again offering this spectacular setting for Spark of Life to use in order to … See Dates
Why Do You Hurt Me, God? by Spark of Life co-founder David Mathews, helps you explore this life-altering question in a unique, down-to- earth way. David leads you on a journey from the valley of excruciating pain to the mountaintop of exhilarating praise. He helps you work through the dilemma of life’s dirt, explaining,
There are some answers to life’s difficult questions, and God is certainly big enough to handle those questions. If we stuff our true feelings when the dirt is so overwhelming, and do not ask the tough questions, it may be easier to give up on the God concept. But if we ask and are honest, we may discover some of the answers, and God’s ‘wow-ness’ can actually increase.
The ‘dirt’ of life poses serious challenges to each of us. Why not come along on the journey? Ask the difficult questions. Learn how to move forward with confidence. God is all-loving and can provide answers to your tough questions. In fact, he is the only one who can.