I invite you to see the first reading through the eyes of Abraham. Can you imagine what the journey was like for him to the land of Moriah? He knew once there, he would be asked to sacrifice his son. His hands would end the life of his beloved. I am sure with every step, he noticed details about Isaac that he had not appreciated completely before like the tone of his voice and his laughter. Abraham was torn between doing what was asked of him and keeping his son. Would any of us have been as strong to offer what God asked and is perhaps asking of us today?
This is my final reflection as a Creighton student, since I will be graduating in May. I have enjoyed sharing my stories and wanted to leave you with some thoughts that have affected and continue to shape me as an individual.
- During the summers of 2009 and 2010, I worked for a youth program, and every day I was reaffirmed and realized even more that each day is a gift that I can fill with as much adoration for the Father, love for another, and joy as possible. From this amazing and humbling experience, I yearn to never forget the memories but also to approach life with the knowledge of the fragileness and beauty of each moment.
- I have learned the importance of spending time with family and friends. There will always be another project, paper, or email that needs to be sent, yet I can never return to missed birthday parties or meaningful conversations with friends.
- I believe eating together is vital to the foundation of the family. While growing up, my family and I always sat around the table with the television off and talked about the day. I pray and hope that every child has the opportunity to share in similar discussions and family time as I did.
- Because of my biochemistry, physiology, and other science classes, I believe there is no other word but “miracle” for the human body. In response to the love that created us, we should follow the Bible’s call to respect our bodies as the holy temples they are. I believe that entails care for the whole person from eating properly and dressing modestly to remaining chaste in thoughts, words, and actions.
- Finally, God has a plan for our lives and even when we do not understand, he is still guiding and desiring us to trust him.
I pray for your strength, knowledge, and commitment to live for Christ and that you acknowledge and hold onto the countless ways in which you are loved and blessed. I hope to see you in eternity!