Whew! This has been a busy couple of weeks.
- I had a couple of unexpected funerals to perform – a married couple where both husband and wife passed a few days apart, both of natural causes. The husband was in ICU for serious pneumonia, when the wife collapsed and died one morning. Five days later the husband passed – without ever knowing his wife had preceded him. A godly couple – which makes their passing bitter sweet.
- I have been preparing for an upcoming mission trip to Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.
- Baseball season snuck up on me. I know it’s been going on for a couple months now in the big cities. But in the Appalachian League Opening Day is tonight. I serve as chaplain for the Bristol White Sox, the Rookie League affiliate of the Big League folks from Chicago. So I have spent the past few days meeting and greeting the new players and the coaches as they have arrived in town. And I won’t even be in town to watch the opening home stand! I have business out of town – which I will get to in a minute.
- In addition to the above, I have been preparing a number of message. In addition to my regular message prep, I spoke at chapel service for a mission agency last week, and I am preparing in advance for both my messages for next week and for my chapel talks which begin next Sunday. All this while being gone and in meetings for the rest of week. On top of that, I have a column to complete for the local newspaper. Deadline comes while I am out of town.
I am not complaining. Sometimes these things all come together. This is one of those times. It’s all good. It’s just that this time everything has come while I am preparing to leave town for the remainder of the week.
It is not a vacation I am heading out to. It’s work. It’s enjoyable work. But it is work nevertheless…
This morning, my wife and I are headed for Louisville, Kentucky. We’ll no doubt hook up with old friends. But beginning this evening, and continuing through lunchtime Friday, I will be a commissioner at the 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.
General Assembly – or GA, as it is commonly called – is a privilege of Elders within the PCA to review the work of the Church and guide the future direction of the denomination. It is a privilege but it is not always a pleasure. We have serious discussions, and sometimes with serious discussion comes serious disagreement. But even in the less pleasurable moments, it is still an important gathering – one I have always appreciated as a churchman.
Just in case anyone is interested, G.A. will be Live Streamed at ByFaith Online. and updates will be regularly posted on Twitter.