My wife and I made it back from the Council of Elders meetings last night, and it is good to be home! I’ll save most of my comments for tomorrow, but let me just say here that it was a fantastic session. The comments I made last time certainly apply this time, as well, so I won’t bother to repeat them beyond saying that it really is a blessing to pray about God’s Church and its leadership and governance and then to see those prayers answered firsthand.
I sat between Mr. Bruce Tyler and Dr. Douglas Winnail for each meeting, which–I freely admit, previously posted sentiments notwithstanding–increased my interest in having a tablet computer. Mr. Tyler’s iPad was well used, I thought, during the meeting, and my laptop was a bit of a space hogger. (Mr. Gerald Weston also had a laptop at the table, though, so I felt I was in good company!) However–though I had not planned on talking about this topic–I have to say that if I were to get a tablet computer, I am leaning toward the new Microsoft Surface. I feel that it would suit my needs better, works more like what I want in an actual “computer”, and represents an example of what I really did hope the iPad represented: the potential for someone to figure out the best use of tablet devices. Mr. Josh Penman’s brief demonstration of his new Surface tablet while I was in his office only made me lean more heavily that way.
Personal device-coveting aside, the three-day meeting was wonderfully positive and uplifting. It is exciting to see God blessing the work with increase and continuing to empower it in the manner He has! It all brings to mind the line in the Song of Deborah, which I referenced recently at a Spokesman Club meeting:
“When leaders lead in Israel,
When the people willingly offer themselves,
Bless the LORD!”
– Judges 5:2
It is such a humbling blessing to be a part of God’s Church where He is so obviously doing His Work and teaching His Truth through His Government. We’re all here by invitation, and I hope I never take that for granted. None of us should.
Have a wonderful Sabbath!