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Lessons of Hope from Our Grandchildren

APRIL 27, 2017

My wife and I were very pleased to have our  two adult children, their spouses, and our five grandchildren visit with us a few weeks ago.  One of the advantages of living in Orlando, Florida is that our family always comes to visit us during spring break.  The ten days they recently spent with us included trips to the beach, Disney's Magic Kingdom, and Universal Studios.  As I watch our grandchildren interact with each other and enjoy the innocence of childhood, it continues to be my hope that they will grow up to be men and women of God.  It is even my hope that they will attend a Christian college or university and find their experience to be what King David described in Psalm 27.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear, though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.  One thing I ask of the Lord, that is what I seek;  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek his in his temple.  For in the day of trouble, he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of the tabernacle and set me high upon a rock."  (Psalm 27:1-5)

It is hard to see our grandchildren come into this world without shuddering at the thought of all the battles that could erupt in their lifetimes--economic, cultural, environmental, military, and spiritual. Yet, I share David's confidence that "in the day of trouble, he will keep me safe. . . ."

It is my prayer that the current and future students of our Christian colleges and universities will also proclaim, "to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in His temple."  It is my hope that students will find the house of the Lord not to be a fortress that protects them from the world but a home that shows the beauty of the Lord in all subjects they study and in all relationships they cultivate.  It is my hope that students will find themselves in the company of Christians who are humble enough to admit how little they understand and caring enough to ask the difficult questions.  Finally, it is my hoe that students will be God's agents of transformation in the world.

As I continue to serve as higher education consultant working with Christian colleges and universities, I could not be more excited about advancing Christ-centered higher education.   It has been good to be reminded of lessons of hope from our grandchildren and our students.

Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant

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