CONNECTIONS Spring 2018
Life in the Wake
We are learning to point to hope. As a Christian community, these experiences of death and loss are rubber-meets-the-road moments when we find out whether our gospel beliefs and professed hope are actually real. It’s important to recognize and validate the pain we all feel, but as mentors for our students, we couldn’t stop there. Our Scripture proclaims Christ’s victory over sin and death, and we get to remind each other of that truth, even when our hearts were still mired in the depths. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Riley’s death, individuals in our community spread random acts of kindness wherever they were, from surprise ice cream cones to free coffee and groceries. And hoped that Christ’s good news of hope could be shared through these. The freshman boys soccer team shared 156 new soccer balls through World Vision with kids around the world in gratitude for their coach’s Christ-following life. There’s a new bench in Riley’s name at the front of the high school, reminding us of the simple joy of how this friend used to delight us so.