Finals Week ushers in mixed emotions.  Concern about exam performance is normal.  Graduation at the end of the week is so close for some they can smell it.  We’ve looked forward to Summer for so many reasons, and now it’s just days away.  Life is good.

UMHB is on track to launch students all over the country for ministry and service.  Students will leverage their lives and set aside comforts in order to offer life to hurting souls.  The destinations sound exciting, but it’s the people with whom they’ll work that constitute the real draw.  Little purple and gold clad groups in far-flung places will soon be pointing hearts to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Life is good.

Col. Paul T. Calvert, left, commander of 2nd “Dagger” Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and an Athens, Ga., native, awards Capt. Jason Palmer, right, chaplain with “Griffin” Special Troops Battalion, 2nd AAB, 1st Inf. Div. and a High Springs, Fla., native, with a Combat Action Badge during an awards ceremony May 16 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. The CAB is awarded to non-infantry soldiers in recognition of actions under contact with enemy forces. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Molleigh Crotty, 2nd AAB, 1st Inf. Div., USD-C)

All of our lives get interrupted occasionally, and May 3, 2011 was such a day for me.  While deployed in Iraq as an Army Chaplain and travelling in the lead HMMWV of a four-vehicle convoy, insurgents attacked my gun truck with an Iranian-made Explosively Formed Projectile—the most sophisticated type of Improvised Explosive Device on the battlefield at that time.  The blast was intense, but there was Another in the fire.  God extended mercy to the five of us travelling together when the projectile narrowly missed.  We were spared and the driver of the vehicle would embrace Life later that day.  Life is good.

Every breath I draw on this tenth anniversary is accompanied by a sense of profound gratitude.  I am aware of the preciousness and fragility of life; however, I am even more convinced that the Lifegiver is gracious and compassionate.  His love is present in every season from the most chill to the most stressful.  Praise God that we can depend on Him no mater what challenges we face because He is enough for our circumstances.  Life is good.

No matter where today finds you on the spectrum of contentment, I pray you see this day as a gift—a resource to be stewarded and not taken for granted.  Will you commit to use it for obedience and worship?  Will you recognize that those around you today may not ever be assembled again and encourage them to embrace the Author of life.  I pray that, as you reflect on the adversities of your past and the interruptions of your present, you will live more intentionally than ever before.  Life is good.

Two female students talking on a hammock

One of the ways we might live out our purpose is to tell someone the story of how God interrupted our life (βίος) and gave us a fuller sense of life (ζωή) than we could have imagined.  May life be contagious as we step into this week and the months that follow.  Life is good.

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