Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wesley Foundation E-letter (Methodist Campus Ministry)

Dear Friends,


Hopefully by now you got our notice about the postponement of our South Lawn Cookout due to rain.  We will be out tomorrow 1pm- 5pm on South Lawn with 360 burgers, 360 hotdogs, drinks, and tons of chocolate candy to give away.  So come on down tomorrow and get fed.  It’s our little way of sharing God’s love.


Solid Rock Café – New Series Starts Thursday!


This Thursday night (free food @ 6:30pm, program afterwards) we are beginning a new series where we examine what it means to be United Methodist, what are our beliefs and how did we get them, as well as looking at John Wesley and why he is so important as a founder of Methodism.  This is a great time to come and bring your questions about who United Methodists are.  This is particularly good even if you are just curious about how faith expressions differ among denominations.  Feel free to join us, even if you’ve never been before.  For more info call 842-2880.


Now For Sami’s Ramblings About Jesus


Tomorrow we will be on South Lawn handing out free food.  Ever since I was a poor, starving college student I have always associated free food with grace.  To me, that’s what grace is:  nourishment that comes from unexpected places, given without price.  It is so easy to get caught up in the rat race of having to create your own life, manage your own affairs, assure your own success.  There is so much pressure in this world to perform, to produce, to prove.  There is no freedom in a life like that.


But there is tremendous love and freedom in Christ, in God’s grace, in simply finding oneself fed on the way to the next thing on the agenda.  Something about those surprise encounters with grace seem to change the agenda.  The need to perform, to produce, and to prove, just doesn’t seem so important anymore.  What becomes important is simply being in the Love that seeks and finds us.  My heart yearns to be found that way.  My heart yearns to be a part of God’s finding of others, who are lost little sheep like me.  And somehow this makes it all the more real to me.


My very dear friend often says, “The process is love; don’t hinder the process.”  And yet, I find myself getting in the way so many times.  I am so thankful that God is bigger than me.  And able to work around my stubborn headed willfulness.  Because sometimes I even turn the gift of being surprised by grace into another agenda item full of performing, producing, and proving.  Lord have mercy on me! 


Well, He does.  I guess what I most want to say in this rambling message is that God’s love is real.  And if you need a simple, tangible reminder of that, one you don’t have to earn, one you don’t have to buy, one you can simply receive without any cost or price, then stop in and eat a hamburger.  I will join you in remembering as I bite into mine, because I need those reminders too.  Maybe together we can know that God’s love is really enough, and the gift of the life we have really is good.






Sami Wilson

Campus Minister/Director

WKU Wesley Foundation

United Methodist Campus Ministry





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