Hi everyone!! How are everyone’s weeks going?
We got the amazing privilege to hear a testimony from a Holocaust survivor, a man who was only 8 years old and living in Poland when the war broke out. It was such an honor to hear this man’s story during the midst of such a truly dark time. It was also sobering to go through the rest of the exhibits, remembering those who did not share the same story of survival. I left with a heavy heart, and, even as I sit here writing to you today, I remain heavyhearted.
As I mentioned before, this week seems to be a week of learning. Yesterday, I attended an event created to celebrate culture and to learn and fellowship with people who share different backgrounds than myself. As I look back on yesterday, with a fresh remembrance of what happens when you do not celebrate the beauty in diversity, I value it all the more greatly.
I write to you not pretending that I have all the answers, nor that my thoughts and emotions regarding the past couple of days are all organized neatly and in a place where I can articulately express them. But I do know that college is about learning: learning about yourself and about others, about the past and about the present. And ultimately, college is about learning in community, with others and with God. And I’m SO grateful that I get to do exactly this in a community like Biola, where the teachers and administrators push you to truly learn, no matter how real and raw and messy that may be. I’m grateful for a community to celebrate and cry with as we all learn alongside one another, pushing each other towards Christ, the one with, truly, all the answers.
Thanks so much for checking in and coming alongside me as I learn in community this semester. You all are big piece of my life that pushes me to want to learn and grow all the more. I hope you know that.
Until next week, I hope you all have a truly wonderful week, full of the knowledge that Jesus is right there alongside you, too, as you learn and grow.
“How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world.” -Anne Frank