So ends the cheer every Bobcat knows. It's usually hollered at football games, but it's also a word of encouragement for every Bobcat, whether an athlete or not. Go, Cats, Go! Go to class, go through the steps of getting a degree, go from here with what you've learned to new adventures, go and live a full life.
And on they go, graduating and taking on a whole new world which usually doesn't include summers off and Spring breaks (alas), nor final exams and twenty-page papers (hurray!) They go wiser for their time here, and, we hope for Christ Chapel participants, deeper in their faith.
We say Godspeed and farewell to three of our participants this year: Allie Horton, Raegan Mitchell, and Traci Cowan. We've been blessed by their time with us, but it is time for them to move on and be a blessing elsewhere.
The worst bit about being a campus pastor is the students leaving, but the comfort is in knowing that miles cannot change the relationship that God has made with us and thus the relationship we have with each other. "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are," it is written in 1st John. And if we're all children of God, then we are brothers and sisters, family together and that forever.
That said, we'll still miss them. Yet maybe some good can come out of it all, if in our sorrow for friends moving on we will remember to tell those still with us that we really care. Or, as my friend Father Ben Nelson says at the end of every service at St. Mark's, "My friends, our life on earth is short, and there isn't much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be quick to love, make haste to be kind, and be assured that God is infinitely more concerned about our future than our past. And may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you always."