I've start packing, getting ready to move into hostel. There are about 20 small boxes and a few luggage bags. I hope the hostel room has enough space to fit everything in.
And yesterday marks the second last session with my Bible Study group. It might be the last, depending on whether do I need to work next Sunday. Next month onwards, the group will merge with the 'Young Adults'.
For me, it's a breather. I have been doing this non-stop since 5 years ago. And I have told the person in charge that I want to stop doing it for a few times already. But each time it appears that there is serious shortage of helpers. So I stayed. But this time round, I can't stay anymore because beginning next month, I'm required to visit different churches every Sunday for the first semester.
But in my job, I've visited almost all mainline protestant and independent churches in Singapore. By my own initiative, I have made visits to Roman Catholic and Coptic Orthodox churches. So if the program to get the first semester students expose to wider Christian liturgy and context, then I will just be going through again what I've been through.
Besides that, there will be a student retreat before the first semester starts. And this is what the retreat is about, as stated in the letter:
The theme for Retreat 2009 is “Come with me”. This theme expresses the Lord’s call to us as we begin a new academic year. It is a call for us to go with God on this journey of faith, discovery and spiritual formation. It is a reminder that God will lead and see us through the joys and challenges which lay ahead.
“Come with me” is also our call to one another. It is a call to build a community characterised by love and faith as we sojourn together.
Finally, it is also our lecturers’ call to us! It is not just the call to embrace the rigours of academic training but also to experience that deep transformation of heart and mind in the process of theological education.
So, basically there are 4 calls: (1) Come with TTC, (2) Come with God on a journey, (3) Come with TTC's community, and (4) Come with lecturers. None of these should be "miss call" as these are important for me to start living a different life.
Yet though important, I feel very heavy to leave my current life. I've spent the past half a decade being who I am. And now a different world is approaching. Surely I will miss these 5 years, as these are the time my life as a young adult is formed.