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June 29, 2008: Home Safe

I drove home yesterday after all the business was completed. I was beat when I started and exhausted by the time I arrived.

This morning at Chula Vista Presbyterian, there were a lot of questions about what the General Assembly decided.

One of the things I have encouraged commissioners in the past -- and therefore am going to try to do myself -- is to take a few days of quiet reflection and prayer before making a final assessment on what the GA experience means. It's one thing to do it in the heat of the moment; but I have discovered that time helps us sort things out and see God's hand in a different way than what we thought was happening at the time. The initial reaction, of course, is that I was disappointed in how we handled ordination standards. I don't expect that to change. However, just how bad or just what it does mean in the bigger picture will take some time to develop.

So, I am planning to do a wrap-up summary. It will probably be Wednesday, though Thursday is entirely possible. It depends on how much sleep I have gotten between now and then.

For today, let me just say thank you to all of you who prayed for me during the week. I have written some notes back to people who had contacted me, but want to publicly thank everyone -- many of whom I do not know. I can only tell you that in a very personal and profound way, I experienced the blessing of people praying for me. Although I am not thrilled by some of the votes, God's hand was at work in many ways that will never make the news.