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June 26, 2008: Thursday in San Jose

Yesterday was like the start of the Indianapolis 500. The cars do a parade lap, then off they go to a flying start. Now, today, we're in the middle of the race where everyone around the country takes a commercial break to get something from the kitchen. We're still going 220 mph while you are checking the refrigerator.

It is much like that because we have to stay focused. Once a piece of business is handled, we move on. There is not time to reflect, "Was that wise? Did we handle that in the best way?" Doing that makes you miss the next, then the next, then the next item of business. We actually moved faster than some of the electronic equipment last night. A commissioner had to make a motion to reconsider Item 07-02 (which then had to be re-made by a commissioner who had voted in favor of the original piece of business) because the podim monitors did not display the fact she was at a microphone with a motion. When the Item was introduced, she was ready but the moderator did not see her and the Assembly gave a voice vote approval. We were already through several more items before the error could be identified; even then, the Assembly voted to not go back.

I have found it interesting to feel the mood of the floor shift and change. There is a personality to this Assembly. We were not happy about the amendments being offered to the curriculum recommended by Committee 12 yesterday. As we dealt with the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations material last night, the floor was struggling to try to get it right. There were times of laughter and -- to this point -- there is generally a good spirit. It has been my experience that people tend to get cranky and irritable as they get more tired; it would be my prayer that we would be able to endure with joy.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.  

Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46)

Thanks for your prayers today.