The Presbyterian General Assembly can be overwhelming. But sometimes overwhelming can be good. This morning after some self-care, sleeping in until 7:30! I got up, and got ready and did something I do well, I got lost. I found my way to where I wanted to be an hour and a half later, Thankfully, it was nothing important, just a walk through the massive exhibit hall. There were some interesting things there but overall it was a witness to the work our denomination does and enables others to do.
The highlight so far was the Orchestra and Choir at the worship time. I could have just sat and listen to them for hours. To me, hearing the classic hymns and music of the church brought tears well up in my eyes as I saw thought about the powerful witness of these songs, as well as thinking about how some of these songs were probably sung 220 GA’s ago. The reality of the music was grounding for me.
GA might be overwhelming because of the work, when you think of the saints that have gone before and those who will come, makes it all the more so. However, further grounding comes in the realization that we are here for God and God alone takes the overwhelming feeling fall aside and realty is that God is in control and whatever comes out of this assembly, God will use it and us to further God’s ministry in this world.
More later on the First Plenary and this evenings business.
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Rev. Dr. Bryan James Franzen