The preaching seminar I was leading for the last two days concluded this afternoon. It was both a gratifying and humbling experience. Gratifying, because it is so fun to watch even seasoned preachers get a new way of thinking about preaching, and you can see that they are eager to put what they have learned into action. Humbling, because this group of thirty included people who have been preaching for longer than I have. Their engagement with the material and with me was an honor, indeed.
Our gathering was at the Dom Bosco Center in Bangalore- a Roman Catholic center, named after a 19th century Italian priest who co-founded the Salesian Order of Priests and Nuns, and who was dedicated to educating young people. There are schools around the world (and all over India) named for him.
Tomorrow I begin the journey back home. The work for this trip is done; it has gone very well. Long time friendships have been renewed, new friends have been made, we have learned together, laughed together, celebrated and worshipped together. I marvel at the Body of Christ- we have family around the world- brothers and sisters in Christ for whom I am so grateful. They have promised their prayers for you and for me. I have promised the same from us.
I look forward to seeing you at Bethlehem this Sunday! Blessings and peace to you all, Chris