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Maggie Valley, NC

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The first full week of each October I am fortunate enough to set up a store in Maggie Valley, NC for the annual retreat for the priests of the Diocese of Charlotte. No doubt it is a lot of hard work to take vestments, churchware and books to fill an entire retreat house out-building but the priests always make the time worth the effort. I stay for four days, hanging out from 9-7 each day, "staying open", awaiting customers. This year my kids had fall break for a couple of the days and my husband brought them up to enjoy this beautiful part of our country. (Kicking walnuts into the water, my son's school shoe took a trip down the above creek. My husband got a true feel of the force of the water as well as the cool temperature.) It is always a time to reflect, to write and to read, as well as to talk and to listen and to pray. The motto written below the Living Waters Reflection Center sign reads, "to reflect the Son, deep in the heart of a mountain." Time to reflect. We all need time to reflect the Son, in our homes, in our work, in our communities. We don't need a mountain although sometimes atmosphere can help. What I often get in my own reflections is a reminder of God's amazing creation, an awareness of His unconditional love, this world's challenges, His constant pursuit and my need for frequent reconciliation. I thank God for my time in Maggie Valley and challenge myself to take more time like this right in my own back yard. (I do have a creek. Hahaha.)
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