The Spring term at LTSG began today. A few are not yet back from the Jan. term trip to Geneva, Switzerland, but even so, the campus is once again humming with activity.
Most of my class came for the 2 week Summer Greek course in August. After Summer Greek, we were divided into 2 sections for the Fall session of Introduction to New Testament Greek. Some of us were in the turtle group while others were in the rabbit group. We were reassured by both profs that in the Spring we would all be together again. That is what happened at 8:30 this morning in our Witness of the Gospels class. We even met in the same room that we'd met in for Summer Greek and some of us sat in the very same seats we were in last August. That seems so very long ago now, yet at the time it seemed Summer Greek would never end. I am grateful for the safe return of most of us who started out together in August (one is still recovering from a car accident, but doing well). G0d has faithfully brought us this far.
This week as we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, each chapel service has been led by students from various faith traditions represented here. Today we worshiped, sang, prayed and listened to preaching from our African Methodist Episcopal brothers and sisters. Prior to chapel, I was already feeling overwhelmed with all the demands of this new semester. By the time we left chapel, I was hopeful, renewed and refreshed. With our varied gifts and traditions, we have much to offer to one another. As we have sensed such unity in Christ in our worship together this week, may it spread throughout the church in answer to our Lord's prayer, for the glory of God's name. Even as the turtles and rabbits have been reunited, may it be so in God's church.