The Hermitage

I am from The Hermitage 

A barn remodeled

for silent encounters with God 

rustic, beautiful, at peace

people on a journey

formed, held, beloved

called, sent…holy ground

Where and how have you been shaped?

The Hermitage is a retreat center in southern Michigan.

With rhythm

I am from a culture with rhythms

biking, walking, resting

vacations at the beach or the mountains with a lake

lost in my room with a book

traveling the world

What rhythms have shaped you?

I am from Germany

I am from the edge of a small German town

from summers playing in harvested wheat fields

from winters sledding down the steep road

from playing “Cowboys und Indianer” in the neighbor’s yard….

Me? …always the “Indianer”

Where are you from?

Starting the journey

“I am willing to be uncomfortable”, I said in a gathering of women faith leaders in the fall of 2017 to which someone replied, “Mmh, I have never been comfortable”. This moment opened my eyes to privilege and racism and has shaped much of my work since then. I never once imagined it would lead to starting a blog.

From the beginning, God’s people have been called to journey into the uncomfortable, the unknown, the unexpected, the beauty and brokenness of  the borderlands…. and called to trust the voice that says “You are my beloved child, with you I am well pleased.”

How are you called to journey and trust?