|prairie wildflowers at Lakeside Labs|
"But retreats also take us off that road, at least for a little while. So a retreat is holy, it is 'set apart,' sanctified. Sometimes it is set apart because we have work to do, a wrestle with the holy that we have long postponed. Jacob, whose biblical story so often parallels our own, barrels through life, grasping for ever advantage and side-stepping God at every turn. Until that night when, all alone and trapped into retreat at the River Jabbok, he wrestles with an angel until daybreak. Bless me, he says, and he is blessed, through the mark of that blessing is a scar, a limp. Jacob will return to his journey, but he will never walk the same again." - Gary Schmidt
|Reading Beuchner at the Morning Meditations under the oak canopy|
Image used by permission from the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
You can see the motto framing the badge. There is more information about the other aspects of badge readily available and in Our Three-fold Cord. But the source of the motto and why Mason chose it is as follows:
“We see, too, how well our motto – “For the children’s sake” – a chance phrase in a letter from our Lady Visitor – expresses the sentiment of our Badge. “For their sakes I sanctify Myself,” said our Master. John 17:19. - Charlotte Mason, Our Three-fold Cord
Take a moment to think about that. In keeping with the badge's theme of humility, we see Mason taking a lovely little phrase and tying the humility and sacrifice of Christ to our roles with his "lambs". Have you considered this?
I am thankful for all who helped, attended, and prayed for the retreat this year. I hope we are all changed.