We’re going to be okay
November 1, 2011
A monthly column for the church-at-large by Elder Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This month, the column is written by the Reverend Landon Whitsitt, Vice-Moderator of the 219th General Assembly.
In the American psyche, November means “Thanksgiving.” Most of us travel home and sit around a table of “comfort food.” We take naps and watch football. Sometimes we go to a movie. Whatever we do, we do it with our family.
Sometimes we sit next to our weird aunt during dinner. Sometimes our uncle talks non-stop about his latest interest that no one else cares about. Politics are sure to come up and, sometimes, religion. In our family, those who did not prepare the meal rip through the dining room like a tornado, magically making everything spotless. Everyone has a role to play. Everyone brings a different flavor. And that’s what makes our families, our families.
It is around nine months until the 220th General Assembly (2012) convenes in Pittsburgh, and I am already looking forward to it. Although the analogy can’t go too far, when people speak of GA as a “family reunion,” I get that – deep in my bones. Present are people from across our country who have become kin to me. Calling someone a sister or brother in Christ means something.
And so, as I look at the four different persons God has called thus far to stand for Moderator of the 220th GA, I am thankful that we have been given such amazing people with whom to serve. When I see the ways each of them has served the PC(USA), I start to get a sense that, whatever happens, we’re going to be okay. As I survey their gifts, skills, and passions, I am confident that God has once again fulfilled the promise to lead and guide the Church and our little slice of it, in particular.
Sisters and brothers let us begin - in earnest – praying for the commissioners of the 220th General Assembly (2012) and the leadership that will arise from that group. Just like our families, God has given us these women and men, and we should take some time to be grateful for them.
Even if there is that one uncle who goes to the microphone and talks a lot.
Read the column in Korean. (PDF)