Working Within A Human System
All human systems are imperfect and we are flawed no matter what we say or do. And yet, this is the context we must operate in. So, while we may try our best to be fair, to listen, to deliberate, even to debate… and later still needing to decide and bear responsibility to those decisions, we might still bump into a wall here and there. But there’s no other way… how we need grace! how we need to willingness to acquire wisdom as time goes by… how we need space to process things through… how we need to “center” on what’s more necessary than get distracted…
Winner or losers. Is that the only way to view the realities before us? I hope not… I think not…
Random Thoughts after the LCMS SGM 2007
I’m exhausted. It’s been a long day.
I’m thankful for being given the opportunity to serve as the chaplain for the Lutheran in Malaysia & Singapore (LCMS) Special General Meeting (SGM) today. It was an important meeting and I was in charge of the opening holy communion worship service and the closing service.
The day required much focus and “centering”. There were always little bumps and distractions a long the way. But, it was important especially during the times when I’m preaching, sharing or leading in worship that I not get pre-occupied with myself and what’s bothering me. God has been gracious to me and I think I more than survived.
I spoke from Nehemiah 8:1–10 in the morning. And then shared from 1 Corinthians 12:21–31 during the closing session. I felt it was important at the end to include our Orang Asli pastor reading from the Bahasa Malaysia Bible. So after he read, we listened to the reading in Mandarin and also English. All in all including the morning we heard 1 Corinthians 12:21–31 read 4 times today. Somehow I felt it was very important to hear that.
Right now, I just need some space …. to park some of my more detailed pondering of todays proceedings, lessons, behaviours, “surprises”, .. all aside.
It’s over for now, but it’s not finished yet.
I do feel a burden lifted right now …. I’m not too sure whether others can fully understand what was running…