A Few Words from the People

18 Apr

This has been a wonderful year at our campus ministry.  Attendance at several of our events and worship has been consistently higher than any recent memory/record.  We’ve had a large group of leaders graduating, and yet we have an even larger group of younger and new student leadership emerging.  It’s humbling to be involved in the transitions.  And it’s never easy.  In the local church we were able to cultivate a leader and experience them bearing fruit.  I find in campus ministry that we often cultivate leadership only to have them graduate or leave and bear fruit elsewhere.  Again, it’s cool to be part of that, and yet it’s difficult.  I often wish I could say just the right thing as we say thank you and good-bye.  I usually look for wisdom from others.  Here are some I like.

“Thank God I found the Good in goodbye.”

Beyonce Knowles

I make it easier for people to leave by making them hate me a little.

Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow

Goodbye may seem forever.  Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there will always be.

Walt Disney Company

But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go- we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”  And Max said, “No!”  The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye.

Maurice Sendak

“You’ll stay with me?  ‘Until the very end,’ said James.”

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows


What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you seek their specks dispersing? – It’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and its’ good-bye.  But we lean forward to the next crazy ventures beneath the skies.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye….until we meet again.

Jimi Hendrix

God of many names, my name is known to you.  I am held in the hand of your life, and I do not know what you will make of me.  All I know is that I cannot make myself any more than I could in my mother’s womb.  But this I can do, this I choose, to give myself into the hand of your continuing creativity.  My past, with its joys and triumphs, its failures and regrets.  My present, with its struggles and accomplishments, its failures and regrets.  My future, with its fears and freedom, its pain and promise.  To loose and to bind, to stretch and to shape, to become what I will, trusting the hand that made the world, trusting the spirit that breathes life, trusting the love that will not let me go, and trusting the promise of the Word made flesh.

Kathy Galloway, Prayers Encircling the World


I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Jesus, Gospel of John 13:34-35

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days….

Moses, Deuteronomy 30:19,20.


David Glenn-Burns is in his 16th year as director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Northern Iowa.  He is one of the most profoundly wise campus ministers I have ever met, even though he doesn’t often say too much.  In his other life, he spends much of his time with the Met Transit board and dreaming of a future where he drives city bus.  He also has become a fan of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (who have the best women’s hockey team in the country as well as authentic Griffendor colors)  and really enjoys it when the blog editor replaces his bio with one he thinks better suits him.  Peace and Love from the secret Editor.


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