Sunday, May 07, 2017
For a while now, I've been trying to think of someplace I could go to get away by myself and pray. Working 2 jobs and sharing a small apartment with a friend makes my alone time non existent. I mentioned this to a new friend and she suggested that I go to the Nazareth Retreat Center in Grand Prairie. She even paid for me to go! The retreat center is run by the nuns of the order of the Holy Family of Nazareth and is a functioning convent.
That I got the time off from work was a miracle because my supervisor was promoted and no longer works in my store. We've been very short handed since then. I found out on Tuesday that I was going to get Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. I asked the nun who answered the phone if there was availability for Friday and she said yes so I booked it.
Friday morning I took off for the Retreat Center. I arrived at around 9:30am and the doors were locked. There was a note to call a certain number. I did and spoke with the nun again. She came down and let me in. I realized then that I was the ONLY person at the retreat center. I had the place all to myself! And, it was absolutely gorgeous weather. A few others showed up Friday night and a group came in Saturday morning.
It was a lovely time dedicated to God.