I can’t believe I’ve already been home for a week! Time has absolutely flown by. I’ve had SO much fun seeing all my friends and swapping stories and catching up, and I’m so sad I only have two and a half weeks left! This time with good friends has been invigorating for me and indispensable to my soul.
Before I left, I’m not sure I quite appreciated what it means to have a strong, solid community of like-minded people around me. Since I’ve been gone, however, I’ve missed these godly, sweet, encouraging families that I have the privilege of knowing. It gets lonely when I’m around people who I barely know and don’t have a history with, because they don’t understand me on the fundamental level that my good old friends do. I don’t have deep conversations with people at school like I do here: we don’t ask about the condition of our hearts or the real, deep questions that need to be answered for the health of our souls.
Today, however, I went to a Christmas tea at the Clarkson’s house with some families that I’ve known and loved for years. We went around and shared the fun things as well as the hard things that have happened in our lives. Sally encouraged us all to simply wonder at God and the love he’s shown us all as though we were innocent children instead of wizened adults. We each told a story of a time in our lives when we remember just being in awe of God’s love or power or majesty in creation and how it affected us. Joy and I shared about our different challenges and fun things that have happened at college, and then we all prayed together and for each other. It felt so good to be back in a place where everyone is actively seeking God to know him more and deeper, to think deeper about life and the world, and to love people more and more every day.
It’s so good to know that this community awaits me every time I come home, and that while I’m away, they all pray for me and think of me often. It’s so good to be back! I hope you all are having a wonderfully blessed time preparing for Christmas with your families, and I pray that you will find rest for your souls this Christmas season.