As I begin my reflections, I am reminded this is the third year since my website began. I am honored and blessed to continue to have Kelsey Monochie as my web master.

As I journey through life, I realize I cannot accomplish anything on my own. First and foremost, I need God leading me and second of all, I need a team to work with as my creativity and effectiveness are enhanced by the involvement of those who are spiritually motivated to help identify and follow the will of God in our efforts.

I feel blessed to be a blessing, as I would have never guessed that life could continue to get better every day. As we age, we have the opportunity to grow in wisdom and because I have been blessed with excellent health, I thank God each day that I have the opportunity to discover and watch for the surprises that are in store for all of us. My mother taught me so much about the joys and sorrows of living. We can grow spiritually through both. I am always curious about the mystery of life is as it unfolds.

As we have begun our Lenten journey, one of my favorite seasons of the year, I am reminded of the ways we can focus on our spiritual life remembering the reason we observe Lent in our Christian community. At Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, NE, where I serve as Pastor of Care and Wellness, we have begun a 40 day Prayer Challenge. The ministry series that goes along with that is called J-Walking. At first I was puzzled by the title…until I realized it was about following Jesus.

Everything we do in our community of Bethany is about following in his footsteps. If not, we will go off the path we have been called to follow. The path of “The Rainforth Retreat Center” is hopefully guided by the pure love that is taught by Jesus. As we plan for upcoming retreats, classes, and trips we measure the purpose by that yardstick.

As you explore our updates, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have as you discern those things you may choose to be involved in as the year unfolds. My prayer for you is that you make a decision in your life as to how you may be walking as you experience the blessed life you have been given this season.



Judith Rainforth