General Assembly as a Shared Journey: GA Reflections by Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon

After much turbulence on the ground and in the air, we finally arrived in St. Louis by the grace of God! While riding in the taxi to the hotel, my eyes beheld the St. Louis  Arch and immediately I breathed a deep sigh of relief that turned into jubilant rejoicing: We are finally here for GA!

Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon (left) and Elder Contina Lundy (right)

Thanks to a canceled flight, we missed opening worship; but I used the remainder of the days experiences as my worship platform to give God thanksgiving and praise for such an awesome opportunity to serve God and the Church. The highlights of the day that shall serve as spiritual food for my week’s journey included sitting in my designated seat with my presbytery commissioner colleagues and, realizing that this daunting task is not undertaken alone but shared with those I cherish as companions on the journey. Reconnecting already with old friends, meeting new friends, and hearing how God is at work in places and spaces around the world.

Finally, the commissioning service that profoundly reminded me of why I am here: “I heard the voice of the Lord (through the community of faith) saying, whom shall we send and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here I am Lord, send me!”
Rev. Dr. Janel Dixon (Cedar Park Presbyterian Church)