222nd GA “The Hope in Our Calling”
“so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints…”
It’s very hard to walk around here, seeing hundreds and hundreds of new faces, without noticing that each one is smiling at you! GA is a very friendly place, filled with people of good faith – with smiling eyes. Eyes showing that hearts have been opened, eyes that are ‘hearing’ God’s calling, eyes that have hope.
Could we also turn this verse around a bit – to say that we can hope for God’s grace and peace by calling out to others? The hope we have in calling out? Our first plenary session opened this afternoon by remembering and praying for all the innocents lost to violence, especially those in Orlando, San Bernadino, Charleston and too many other places. Our hope is also in our calling out, by God’s grace, for an end to this madness – for it is up to us to call out, and to act.
The opening worship service included a 150-voice choir and 24 bell ringers. It was glorious – everything I had been looking forward to. Now the work begins. My assigned committee is ‘Middle East Issues’. It will be a full week but it has begun in the best possible way. I have hope.