Brain ache...... I have definitely reached the point of overflow when it comes to new information to process and the capacity to do it. Every morning we have extended worship time and then a teaching session (total 2.5 hours), the afternoon has three sessions (total 3 hours) and then the evening has another two sessions - all together 7.5 hours of 'stuff' for my brain to wade through. Five days a week. For two weeks. Enough now please!
I am pretty much ready to come home now. This has been - and continues to be - a great experience, for so many reasons. I have met such fabulous people, learnt incredible truths that I am still trying to digest, and been challenged to deal with some of the gnarly parts of my life that I really wish didn't exist. But now my heart is beginning to yearn for home. I want to be in Glasgow, in my gorgeous flat, with my amazing housemate and my stooopid cat, and at Hope Church on a Sunday morning - Bethel church is great, but I know where I feel most settled and it's with my church family.
Of course I'm going to feel differently when my host family are driving me to the airport on Monday and I have to say goodbye. That's not going to be fun at all. They are so, so precious to me, and have made me feel that I am precious to them. They have cemented in my mind the sort of home I want to have - laughter, noise, acceptance, spontaneity, more laughter, people, crazy chats over the dinner table. They have cultivated this in their home, and their kids' friends know that this is a safe place to be - it's evident from how they behave here, how they interact with everyone.
One full day of classes left and then Friday morning as usual - we finish early afternoon after a prayer tunnel with the leadership team at Bethel.... good times! Then a last weekend with the family before my journey home begins on Monday.