I don't have a lot of time to blog today, but I thought I'd provide a brief update. The church has wifi, but it's not particularly strong. There is internet service in the dorms, but one must have a cable to access it, and I got there too late to get one.
The conference is packed full of places to go, meaning I have to carve out odd moments between each of them to blog. What I will say is that last night I finally got settled in and slept eight blessed hours. This conference has been very welcoming and supportive, but with so many passionate people, it is frequently intense. I wish that my own meeting in DC was so spiritually satisfying. Not that I mind intensity at all, but after a time it begins to drain me. For example, in evening worship I felt compelled to share a message in song. As I finished, I collapsed into my seat, utterly spent. Some in the gathering were concerned for me, but I was merely just overwhelmed by all that I had heard, seen, and experienced.
I was hoping to provide a much more thorough update from day to day, but I simply haven't had the time. By the end, I promise a much lengthier update. Tomorrow is the last day of the gathering, and we'll meet together until lunch. After lunch we will depart, and I am trying not to think about the length of the drive in front of me. We're going to try to drive all the way without stopping, which is going to be quite challenging.