Beloved Community

Last weekend we had our second retreat.  We went to western Maryland (the skinny part of the state), and stayed at the home of a priest.  The retreat was a much needed slowing down and refocusing as we passed the halfway mark in our time here.  What struck me the most however were not the discussions we had about our vocation and calling (although they were great), nor the time we spent in prayer together.  At our retreat I took deep delight in the little things: A smile on Janet’s face as she ate her blizzard, Daynuh singing songs from Rent, our whole funny little family sitting around the dining room table wasting time with chit-chat and a mean game of Letras.

We are now more than halfway through our time here and what sticks out the most to me is how much I have come to love the four other women who live with me.  It is really surprising, we all come from very different backgrounds, we have different passions, different tastes, even some different beliefs, but each one of them is wonderful and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to live with them.  I didn’t think this was going to happen to me, but I am really going to miss living with them.  The experience has taught me a big lesson in loving others for their differences, not in spite of them.  I expect that 30 years from now all my Gilead sisters will be doing amazing things in their respective fields, and whenever people talk about them, I’ll be able to smile and say, “I lived with her.”

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