A college campus is a place of growth, laughter, tears and learning. As students grow to the intended goal of graduation, we have the privilege of watching them and waking alongside them. At the conclusion of their undergraduate education we gather to celebrate them.

Recently I sat in a service for two freshmen young men. It was a service of celebration for their lives, loves cut short by an automobile accident. The service was meaningful and beautiful, with speakers who knew the students. It is amazing how quickly bonds form on a college campus. Yet despite all the good that this service offered to friends, faculty, staff and the family, it was still out of order. This isn’t how we are meant to celebrate lives on a college campus, but it is life, and sometimes life is messy, getting thing out of order.

I am grateful for the Campbell University community and how we care, celebrate and grieve together. Prayers continue for the families.


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