Beginnings are often filled with a variety of emotions. There is excitement and anxiety, hope and fear, anticipation and apprehension. We look forward to what is to come, but the unknown of all that is yet to unfold can cause us distress. We are eager to begin, but uncertainty about all that lies beyond the beginning can give us pause.
Whether you are a new or returning student, a new faculty member or a veteran of many years, a new staff member or have been here through many seasons, this is a new time that we start together. We will never all be in this same moment in this place again. This is our unique beginning.
As we start this new time, I would like to offer you some words attributed to St. Teresa of Avila. I encourage you to keep them close in these days of beginning, but to also have them handy to return to as the semester unfolds.
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”
It is my prayer that these words will give you confidence in this beginning, sustenance when the tasks are many and the days are long, and peace amid all that is to come.
God bless this new beginning together –
Rev. James A. Wetzstein and Rev. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox serve as university pastors at Valpo and take turns writing weekly reflections.