Last Friday, staff and student representatives from across our College bravely worked their way through a rather chilly wake-up, joining over 400 people from around the Hunter Region at the Annual Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.
Hosted by our Newcastle Lord Mayor, Ms Nuatali Nelmes, the Prayer Breakfast was a fantastic time of singing, eating, catching up, fundraising and of course, prayer. You could physically feel the room shift up a gear as we stood together to pray a collective prayer of blessing over the City of Newcastle and her surrounding region.
One of the highlights of the morning for me personally was experiencing the Acknowledgement of Country by Gamilaroi woman and respected local elder, Aunty Donna Meehan. Coming from a very safe, happy and balanced upbringing, I often find myself in those situations not knowing what to think, do or say. I wonder if you have ever felt the same when engaging in something that you truly don’t understand. I find that silence, and an open ear to listen is the best advice given here.
Aunty Donna’s passion for the Lord Jesus and her love for this country and its people was on full display that morning, and yet it is obvious that the pain and suffering of being taken from her family at such a young age is still very apparent.
For Aunty Donna to publicly encourage a large crowd of ‘churchies’ in what was National Reconciliation Week was very inspiring and in that moment, I vividly remember my thoughts shifting to our ultimate reconciler:
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
As a Christian community, what an amazing privilege it is to be part of God’s ultimate act of reconciliation through His Son, the Lord Jesus. We are truly reconciled to our Heavenly Father and ‘made new’. Just when we think that’s it, God goes one step further and calls us, with all our warts, contradictions and shortcomings, to go out and share this same message of reconciliation, as Christ’s ambassadors.
Thanks Aunty Donna for reminding me last week of the ultimate reconciliation we have in the Lord Jesus Christ!