The first year of school is over and I’ve finally had some time to relax. My studies were challenging and beneficial, and I was reminded each day of how much more I have to learn. I’ve also been constantly reminded of the great salvation we have in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
Mondays began with chapel at 8:50am and prayer groups shortly after. During the rest of the week classes started at 8:50. For most student there were no classes in the afternoon, but this past semester, due to some scheduling conflicts, the Freshmen (1st years) had class until 2pm. In total I think we had 16hrs of class time this semester and 17 in the Fall. The expectation is 2-3 hours will be spent on school work for each hour of class. So to make up for the heavy demands, we only had classes four days a week with Thursdays set aside for studying and running errands. After class the typical day was spent studying, for the Freshmen this meant focusing on our Hebrew and Greek languages, memorizing the Heidelberg Catechism, reading, and writing papers. Needless to say this made for long days! At the end of each week we would once again gather together for a chapel message.
Now Spring is finally here, the snow is gone, and I’ve begun my first internship. I’ve been assigned to Blessings Christian Church in Hamilton where, over the next two weeks (starting today, April 30), I’ll be learning more about what is all involved in this calling. Already I can see that a pastor’s day fills up quickly with visits, meetings, catechism, and 20-30 hours of sermon preparation. On top of this there are family obligations and ‘ordinary’ matters that require time and attention. Hopefully this serves as a reminder to remember your own pastor in your personal prayers!