When I think of Cornerstone I equate it with vacation. It is truly a place that you can let your guard down, turn off the gadgets and let you be reintroduced to yourself. For me the vacation begins when I have the truck loaded up and my wife and I begin the descent down from the great white north. I look forward to hearing all of the bands from Glenn Kaiser to ARE YOU KIDDING ME…LIVING SACRIFICE!!!!!?? The most anticipated concert for me on this trek will be Iona.
There is something to warn you about though when you go on vacation. There can sometimes come a point in a vacation when you have had enough. When you get to that point I would encourage you to fight it and really settle in to enjoy the rest of your stay. Perhaps you will be missing kids, home, or maybe even work. I would emphasize that you stay locked into vacation mode until the day you leave so that when you do finally get home, your batteries will be renewed and you will refreshed.
I heard this saying once as I went on a Jesuit silent prayer retreat. The retreat director told me this, “don’t leave before you go.” Think about that for a minute. When you get to Cornerstone…turn your brain off, get your campsite ready, enjoy some great concerts and teachings but most of all let God “Shuv you to your nephesh.” I will be talking about this at the Sanctuary Tent on Thursday night at 8 p.m.