To my students – April 2020

To those of you who moved home to a family full of fun and love, I see you and I’m so happy for you.

To those of you who moved back to places with heartbreak, job loss, tension, or conflict, I see you and I’m sorry.

To those of you who lost jobs or internships, I see you and I’m sorry.

To those of you thriving in long days of introversion joy, I see you and I’m glad you’re feeling refreshed.

To those of you who are now the only Christian in your home, I see you and I acknowledge the longing for Christian community and I’m cheering you on and praying God will use you to shine His truth into dark places.

To those of you questioning God’s goodness in this season, I see you and God sees you and He can take your frustrations, doubts, and fears.

To those of you drowning in schoolwork, I see you.

To those of you with too much free time on your hands, I see you.

To those of you grieving your unfinished year, I see you and I join you.

To those of you with at risk health, living with people who are more vulnerable to disease, or living in areas with high volumes of illnesses, I see you. These are scary days and I’m so sorry.

To those of you who think the world is overreacting to a disease, I see you.

To those of you trying to make plans in the midst of uncertainty, I see you, this is beyond challenging.

To those of you just trying to make it through each next assignment, each next day, each next step, I see you.

 

There is space and while we’re not all in the same place (physically or emotionally), we can all extend to each other the same grace. Extend yourself and others grace to not think, react, or respond to things identically. Give grace when your academic progress doesn’t meet your expectations or your group members seem to not pull their weight. Give grace when you or others feel sad, angry, or happy. Give grace when you don’t accomplish great achievements during this shelter-in-place season or when others seem unproductive.

There is space to do “all the things” and there is space to just sit in the reality that this is “a whole thing”.

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