Hope you are all doing well. It is that crazy time of year again as we get closer to finals. Just think, in three weeks we will have crossed the finish line. Yay!!!! This has been a wonderful journey together. I think you all are the best travel companions!
Hey, tomorrow is Stresstivus on South Lawn from 11am till 4pm. We will be set up as a part of it with the prayer labyrinth. Come and hang out; it will be so fun, and it will relieve stress!!!
Here’s stuff coming up. Tonight is worship 6:30. Come for a time of reflecting on the ways God has come to life for us this school year. Thursday is free food, again at 6:30pm. The elders are coming to share their wisdom! It will be so cool to be with them. Also, we will begin a time of OFFICER ELECTIONS. Come and find out what that is all about!
Important end of the year stuff:
LADIES TEA PARTY—this Sunday at my house at 6pm. I will give directions on Thursday night. Email me and let me know if you plan on being there. This is one of my most favorite things we do. Please come and be a part of it!
MEN’S BBQ—This will be on Thursday, May 14th, again at my house. I promise to provide just as much chocolate fondue as at the tea party. Lots of fun, I promise. Again, let me know if you plan on being there!
FINALS LUNCHES—We will provide free lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of finals week. Bring a friend and fill your tummy!
JOE’S CRAB SHACK ROAD TRIP—Friday of Finals week we will car pool to
SENIOR STUFF—Next Tuesday & Thursday—Come and help us celebrate Kelly’s journey!
Now For Sami’s Ramblings About Jesus:
Time is such an interesting concept this time of year, especially as the end of the semester draws nearer. There is a sense of burden and sometimes panic that seems to hang in the air as students juggle their obligations with approaching deadlines, due dates, and finals. It is a crazy time, and most of us begin to feel crazy as the demands of our lives levy a pull upon our energy, thoughts, and emotions. We come away feeling drained and depleted, needing to be filled back up.
There is also a sense of impatience. I keenly remember it even from grade school as an intense longing for summer vacation (a time of rest and play) that increases with each moment. It is that all-together different time where one can breathe easy and restore balance to living. Never was this longing so intense as those moments that also brought great transition to life, a moving on or a moving up. I am remembering graduations, marriage, ordinations, etc. Momentous times when far-off goals are suddenly near, but never near enough. As I write this I think fondly of Kelly, our graduating senior.
At some point in our lives, each one of us will be stuck in an in-between-ness, where we long to move forward at a rapid pace, but must continue on in a daily-ness that can seem almost painful because it is so slow, so routine. Movement seems to have disappeared completely and we find ourselves wondering if time will ever move again. We know that life is meant for more, but we just can’t get to that precious “more” yet. We feel figuratively and literally stuck.
I am reminded of the scripture quoted so often at momentous times: Jeremiah 29:11. In it the Lord says, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” It’s one of those famous Bible verses; you can walk into any Christian bookstore and find all kinds of merchandise printed with those words. But rarely does anyone mention the verses that come before it. In Jeremiah 29:10 we find God saying, “Only when
Go back with me a few more verses. God is speaking to His people about their exile in
I offer these thoughts as a way of affirming that our in-between moments are fleeting. We think we want the semester over and done with, this chapter closed for the rest of our lives. But there are gifts in these days that we can enjoy only while they last. And I hate to miss out on a party, no matter where God is hosting it. So join me in taking a few moments every day to enjoy the gift that “today” is. It may not be where we ultimately want to be, but even in these moments of in-between, God is longing to bless us. Let us look for the blessing hidden in our longing.
This is me trusting,
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