Hi, David here.
About six weeks ago I did something way out of my comfort zone. I attended a men’s retreat at Ted’s Place, a farm in the Hawkes Bay. This retreat, run by Brand New Heart Ministries wasn’t just another men’s event. It was, in a word – Epic!
The reason most messages and retreats for men ultimately fail is simple: They ignore what is deep and true to a man’s heart, and try to shape him up through various forms of pressure.
The Retreat was an honest, no @#!*% journey into the deep passions and desires of a man’s heart, into the healing of the wounds taken in this battle, into the realm of Fatherhood, God and calling – life as it was meant to be lived.
The glory of God is man fully alive ~ St Irenaues
Through the sessions, the times of quiet reflection, the movie clips, the shared adventures and the free time, we discovered something profound about the heart of God and the heart he gave us as men.
It was an incredible blessed and powerful time. God showed up to fill our hearts and bring us his words of love over us.
It was a confronting weekend for me. I learned a lot and have some things to work on as a result of the weekend. It struck me after I left that I had spent the weekend not just with 11 other men after Gods heart, but in the company of kings.
This week’s reflection is a poem written by one of the men that captures the essence of the weekend. Thank you my friend for sharing your heart.
Company of Kings
More jealously sought than a coat of many colours
Pure white over wretched nakedness
Tightly woven threads
Impervious to stain
The wearer now in the company of kings
A garment of praise
~ Cam Porter