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The Retreat-Chapter 2

Updated on August 29, 2014

The Retreat-Chapter 2

It was the month of June at Charity Island, the Location of our summer home in Saginaw Bay off Lake Huron. This area was named by the Native Americans. They believed these islands were placed there by their Gitchi Manitou, which mean “The Great Spirit.” Manitou is a common Algonquian term for spirit, or deity. The islands provided shelter for the Indians and the French voyagers. The highlight of this area, are the Charity Island lighthouse best known among the mariners. The lighthouse was later replaced by the Gravelly Shoal Lighthouse. This Island also provided cherts, which are fine-grained cryotocrystalline and sedimentary rock which contained fossils, and were quarried by the Native Americans. Northeast of this Island, is lined with limestone bedrock. It offered good holding places as an anchor during storms; they called it the” Harbor of Refuge.”

We are meeting again with Dr. Martin Arrowsmith who now had become a personal friend. My mother and I had planned a spiritual retreat for three days. Dr. Arrowsmith refers to it as Charity Island Bible Conference. He had brought with him a briefcase filled with taped messages. Each day we had two to three sessions listening to him illustrate and clarify the scriptures. We took notes, looked up bible scriptures and discussed them. This was for me a fresh approach to the Christian life. We asked God to make his word come alive within us through the Holy Spirit to enable us to live not for tomorrow, but for Christ now. We examined our lives and together we deliberately presented Alicia to God. I experienced an unusual quiet assurance from God, the Holy Spirit was with me and I knew he had heard my request.

Alicia had run away as a result of backsliding. We were once again vacationing at Charity Island in September on Labor Day Weekend, enjoying the last days of summer together. We were having a wonderful time. There was just one sad note, Alicia was not here. Quietly in my heart, I missed her so much.


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      4 years ago

      Great chapter, again. Left you wanting to read more!!

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      4 years ago

      I much enjoyed the desciptive set up for the event enviroment. Wanted to know more about the place. Interesting.

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      Shirley Davis 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Susan. God is our refuge and anchor during the storms of life. Point well written and taken.


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