Between last Wednesday and next Wednesday I shall be jumping between my old life and new. Last Wednesday was the first time for 16 years that I had been back in a lecture room at Spurgeon's College. Actually, I had to ask where Lecture Room 2 was because building alterations meant a walk around outside to new entrance (with security cards buzzing me in!) into a transformed former Reference Library. In spite of many changes with walls knocked down, former entrances blocked and much improved security all round so much was reassuringly familiar. Faculty and staff were generous in their welcome. The Acting Principal is a former student of mine and though several faculty members have changed there was a happy buzz as old friends were hugged and new friends were greeted.
As always, interacting with students was the most rewarding part of all. My day with 9 D Min students and 2 PhD students proved lively and encouraging. Best of all, among the new students present for Orientation Week were two friends, Chris from my home church in Histon and Erica who was once in the youth group in my Cambridge church. Oh, how good to see another generation coming through.
Next Wednesday I shall be in Northern Seminary in Lombard with much that is reassuringly familiar in greeting faculty, staff and students. Again, interacting with students while living on campus and during the Forum on October 1st . will likely be the best part, though meeting up with friends from the churches I served will run it a close second! With Carol I do not take the privilege of doing our bit both sides of the Atlantic for granted. At church today, several friends said they would be praying for us and we continue to be grateful especially for prayers for health, strength and wisdom to be used by God aright. Wildly paraphrasing the psalmist: This is the day the Lord has made and I don't want to mess it up !