Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mishaps and Perfection

I was ready to go, eager for the day, and completely awake. My brain, however, must have had a lapse, since I thought it was Thursday instead of Tuesday.

I met my friend at 7:30 in the morning to pray together, as we always do on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then made my way to work, completely on time before 8. I settled into processing student event proposals for Event and Guest Services in the office. After 20 minutes, a little thought crossed my mind and I checked my calendar. I was supposed to be in class at 8, not at work! Oops. Missed that one! It's on Thursdays that I go straight from prayer to work, not Tuesdays.

It ended up not causing any serious issue because I had plenty of skips left for the class, but I still felt sad for missing one of my favorite classes (Systematic Theology). It was too late at that point to even try getting to class, since it was almost half way done. Sigh.

I recount this story to you to remind you that life is full of mixups, big and little mistakes. We are not perfect in any way. So whatever might happen today, take comfort in knowing that the Lord does not require perfection, but only what you can give - excellence and diligence that honors Him and brings glory to His name. And he is gracious - oh so gracious (Psalm 145:8). We will forget things and disappoint and fail. But guess what? The Lord will never fail you and He is forever faithful.

"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever." 

- Hebrews 13:20-21

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Senior Recital Photos: Julia

This is Julia, one of my roommates, and she's getting ready for her senior recital, which will be this coming February. As a music major at Moody, she works hard daily to bring glory to the Lord by her diligence and excellence. What a beautiful pianist she is!

Since she's planning towards her recital, we went out to take photos that will then become posters around campus inviting students to come hear. If you're a Moody student, come to her performance - it's going to be incredible!

We caught the last of fall on Friday before the snowstorm came that night. How we both savored the beauty of the University of Chicago campus! Couldn't have been a better place to reflect Julia's spirit.

And one last photo of the roomies! (Next up I'm thinking we need to get a photo with Kimberly, our third roommate too!)

Julia, you are lovely. Thanks for letting me play just a tiny role in the art that you have dedicated so much of your life to as a pianist.

Also, a side note - thanks Josh (Julia's boyfriend) for taking that last photo, and for driving us down there, accompanying us along the way! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

At The Nest

Tonight, this was the sweetest gift: being hosted for dinner by friends who live three floors above my apartment.

Rae and Jenna love people, art, good food, theology. For them, an apartment is not just a space; it is their home tucked into the city among the treetops, nicknamed "the nest". They invited Kelley and I over to cook dinner together and the evening itself was food for the soul.

It may not look like anything unique in the photo, but a picture fails for an evening like this one. I simply want to remember it. Butternut Squash Chipotle chili, kale salad with cranberries, raspberries and chocolate as dessert, Billie Holiday music on a record player, and the first city snow outside.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Who Would Have Guessed?

What a privilege it is to share life with my siblings these days. I know it is for a season, but I have been soaking up the frequent hello's and get-togethers.

Caleb will be graduating in December and he and Haley will move on to the next chapter after that. I'm all the more treasuring this time with both of them. I'm excited for them, for what's ahead for them. But it comes too with a sense of grieving. It's both sides. That particular change of life seasons has not come yet, though the end of the semester is drawing nearer, bittersweetly.

Right now I'm enjoying days like Monday. Haley and I went out for coffee and grocery shopping on this surprisingly warm November day. I could never have imagined 7 years ago when we first met that we'd be walking the streets of Chicago together - as sisters.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Lara is already an amazing mom and as beautiful as can be - just a natural at caring for and loving Judah. She has that special touch of a mama and it's been a joy to see that come to life even just in the past couple of times I've seen them together. While she's been recovering and making sure Judah is growing and thriving, Tyler has been attentive and helpful at every turn...including when I stopped by to take some photos for them over the weekend. 

When I looked through the photos later, I was most struck by Tyler's tenderness with his son, Judah. And as I now gaze at him peacefully sleeping, knowing he is completely cared for, I can't help but think of our Heavenly Father. 

May these images comfort you, dear believer, in the troubles of life this very day. You have a Father in Heaven, the very One who created you, who knows you and loves you as his very own child. He sees you. He has united you with himself by Christ, through the work of the Spirit, so that you can actually participate in his triune life. Nothing can separate you from him. Because of Christ, you are not fatherless (John 14), but you are given the greatest love, which has no end. Take heart and remember who you are in him. 

"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." - Romans 8:15-16

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:34-39)