And then there was day 6. Wow how quickly 6 days past! It's almost difficult to take time out for reflection out here. Each day s so regimented. Either way it has been impactful to me, despite the business. Quick summary of my week: celebrated outgoing General Secretary Wes Granberg-Michaelson's 17 year tenure, joint worship with the Christian Refromed Church in North America, affirmed the selection of new General Secretay Tom De Vries, approved a common agreement on the recognition of baptism with the Roman Catholic Church and several Protestent denominations, elected a new General Synod President Lisa Vander Wal. All that remains is to elect a new General Synod Vice-President and then we go home!
I do miss my family. I can't be without them for more than 2 days without getting withdrawal symptoms. They are so understanding and have given me the space I need to both participate fully in this moment at General Synod and to ponder the difficult decision that lies ahead of me. Prior to departing for Grand Rapids I shared with Pastor Windsor a sense of urgency I have been given by the Holy Spirit to "arrest God's calling" on my life to preach and teach the Word of God. I have kicked this can down the road for far too long. It is time. The only obstacle in my path is my full time job as Deputy Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. When I return to Chicago I plan to have a difficult conversation about transition with my current employer and take a leap of faith across the pit of uncertainty towards His heavenly call. When God says "Go!" we can't help but answer "I will go." Otherwise you will live a life of spiritual, mental and professional frustration. This has been my reality the past couple of years. However I do appreciate my lived experience thus far. In any ways that experience has adequately prepared me for such a time as this, including General Synod. This has been a satisfying moment in my life in the RCA. What I have pushed away the Lord has forced closer. I am learning to embrace the RCA in a new way and this 205th General Synod, full of its emotion, transition, historicity, and yes, business has contributed towards this new sense of belonging.