Yesterday we began the cruise of Summer Greek, our prof's analogy for this intensive two week course. We even have an activities director! Not only will we work together, but we will also pray and play together. We worshiped in chapel, had a picnic last night (which Abby particularly enjoyed), worship Sunday, miniature golf next Saturday, etc.
Despite our fear and trepidation of a quiz on the first day of class, we all survived and even had some fun. The first session was introductory, the quiz, and work. After the break, we met in a large room in a circle to introduce ourselves in 4 minutes to our classmates and others. We each had to give our name, tell where we were from, what church/denomination, how God got us, and why we were at Gettysburg. Everyone's story was different, yet there were recurring themes that resonated with each of us: a sense of God's leading, circumstances, "It just felt right."
We are of various ages, from varied locations and backgrounds, but have been called to this place for this time of preparation. Our prof can tell after 2 weeks what our class will be like. Other professors after Summer Greek will ask him and he can accurately determine if the class will be cohesive or fragmented.
May God give each of us grace to answer his call and be supportive of our brothers and sisters in their calls. The time of infighting, bickering, and division must be done. Look at the fields. There is work to be done.