Pathways Rhythms

December 2019

In the silence of a midwinter dusk,

there is a sound so faint that for all you can tell

it may be only the sound of the silence itself.

You hold your breath to listen.

You are aware of the beating of your heart.

The extraordinary thing that is about to happen

is matched only by the extraordinary moment

just before it happens.

Advent is the name of that moment.

~Frederick Buechner

Advent Practice

Week 1, Hope

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

Week 2, Peace

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

Week 3, Joy

Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.

Week 4, Love

Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.



Please note that

Pathways will be closed

December 21 – January 5

for the Christmas and New Years holidays.

December Calendar

Listening Together
Monday, Dec. 9, 16

Contemplative Sit
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 17

Advent Visio Divina
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 18
(followed by optional 20min community conversation)

Centering Prayer
Thursday, Dec. 12,  19

Praying With Creation
Friday, Dec. 13, 20

Spiritual Directors Day Away*
Monday, Dec. 9

Inklings Group*
Monday, Dec. 16

Looking forward to January

Lectio Divina
RESUMES Wednesday, Jan. 6
(followed by optional 20min community conversation)

Iona Healing Prayer
Tuesday, Jan. 7

*Registration Required
Questions?  Ask them online or call 574.202.2864
NOTE:  If Goshen Community Schools have a school cancellation or delay, morning prayers are cancelled as well.


Advent Visio Divina

Wednesdays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18

We invite you to join us for Advent Visio Divina at Pathways. Facilitated by artist and spiritual director, Sylvie Gudin, this spiritual practice of praying with our eyes invites us to notice, connect, discern, and respond, to be surprised and transformed by God who is never limited or tied to any image, but yet speaks through them.
Image credit: Peaceable Kingdom  by John August Swanson


Pathways Retreat is a spiritual retreat center for

Rest, Reflection and Renewal.


Linda Lehman Thomas

Evan Miller

Julie Stegelmann