Connections: God’s Grace in Disparate Experiences

I’ve done a lot of different things in my life and yet they somehow seem to connect back together and be woven into a tapestry that tells a story.

I could tell you about the people in my life who have been beside me for multiple steps of the journey. For example, Dr. Weathers and I went through our master’s program together, along with Dr. Gay Barton, who has a room named for her in the ACU library. Dr. Willerton, this year’s Culp Fellow, wrote my recommendation letters for my PhD program; I also TA’ed for his Major British writers class. I went to Purdue for graduate school and got to know Dr. Williams, the director of composition here. Immediately after graduating from high school, Dr. Ellen Little (ACU’s campus physician) and I went to Mission Seminar together and got to know each other; when she was on furlough, I gave her a tour of Houston; then she offered me a place to stay while I was house hunting here in Abilene. My new faculty mentor was on my hall in McKenzie when I was an undergraduate. A friend I met when he was leaving for Thailand, in the missionary apprentice program, the same one I went to Switzerland with, is now a professor in the Bible department.

“I know the plans I have made for you, plans to prosper and not to harm you,” God said. And in Romans Paul tells us that God determines the places we will live and the times we will live there. Obviously he wanted these people in my life.

Together they show that there are connections, even in very different situations and that we are walking this path together.

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