The word Selah is used seventy-three times in the book of Psalms (a prayer book and divinely inspired songs of the people of Israel) as a pause, or interlude. The “Selah” is included to signal the believer to measure or balance carefully the meaning of what has been said, reflect on it and understand its true meaning.
Psalms 62:8: Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Selah Among the Hills is a Christian retreat center for individuals or small groups to pause, remove themselves from entanglements of daily stress, to reflect, pray, and renew as they seek God and become more open to His leading in the purpose for their lives. It is a place set apart to rest and relax while weighing life.
WHY A RETREAT?
The retreat seed was planted in my heart almost forty years ago as I read a few paragraphs in Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom with Jamie Buckingham.
The third chapter entitled “Release” described her journey from Ravensbrück (a German concentration camp) back to her home in Holland after a miraculous release from terror to a Christian Hospital.
A description of what she experienced in contrast to her imprisonment – to the “rest”, “compassion”, “consideration”, and “comfort”… “among good people” made an impact on me. I felt in a brief moment that someday I would have a place for people to come with a similar message of Christ’s love.
Corrie’s further description included “singing”, “clean sheets”, a “warm dinner”, “laughter”, “warm bath”, “cozy bedroom”, “extra pillows”, “a row of books” …. “harmony, beauty, colors, and music”… “I knew my life had been given back for a purpose”… “He was letting me enjoy the luxury of thanksgiving. I was drinking from a fountain I knew would never run dry – the fountain of praise.”
‘A place for people to come to’ remained with me and I was on the anticipation alert for thirty-plus years. Now, Selah Among the Hills is that place.
I like this Moravian Christian Motto:
On essentials, unity; In non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love!
We welcome you to “pause” and whether alone or with friends, ask blessings on God’s purpose for you!
Suzie & Ron Burgess