Some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about our Spark of Life Retreats are about God.
Some are asked by those who are deciding if they should come to a retreat. “Is Spark of Life religious?” Or “Is this a church retreat?”
Other questions are asked during the retreat, by both believers and unbelievers. “If God exists, why did he allow my loved one to die?” Or, “Why didn’t God hear my prayers? He did nothing.”
These are legitimate questions. Many of you know that we welcome anyone with loss to our retreats, regardless of their background, or religious or no religious beliefs, etc. It truly has been a joy to meet so many people from so many different backgrounds. We respect and accept and love every single person who comes to a retreat.
We also allow people to be totally honest with their emotions. Recovery from anything is rooted in honesty. So many come to retreats are really angry at their God; Some are not angry, but deeply confused about God. Others do not know what to believe. And some do not believe in any kind of supreme being.
We also tell our participants that we who lead Spark retreats are Christians, and make no apologies for our faith, but that we will not and do not push our beliefs on others.
This weekend, March 3-5, our board and many of our advisory board met for a retreat, to brainstorm about Spark of Life, to dream and strategize about the future. Our mission is clear: to walk beside those who are grieving, and to give hope. Our desire is to spread this message of hope to as many as possible.
And we also met to pray, and from that we decided to ask all of our friends of Spark, beginning today, March 6, to join with us to pray for Spark of Life for 40 days.
Pray according to your beliefs of course. Pray for a few seconds, or minutes, at anytime. If you can, pray at 7:03 A.M. and/or 7:03 P.M., for that is when many of us will be praying, and is based on two scriptures: 1 Samuel 7:3, and 2 Chronicles 7:3. And, if you read this after March 6, of course you can begin then.
We cannot do this work alone. We believe prayer matters. We believe God comes near the broken-hearted. We do not understand everything about God and prayer, but we do believe we could not do this without him. And, everything we do at Spark is for his glory, and not ours.
Thank you for joining us for this 40-day adventure.