God, I’m so overwhelmed

God, I’m so overwhelmed.

I’m so overwhelmed with exhaustion. College is so much more tiring than I ever anticipated.

I’m so overwhelmed with work. College is so much more demanding than I ever anticipated.

I’m so overwhelmed with happiness. College is much more rewarding than I ever anticipated.

But, God, most importantly, I’m so overwhelmed by your goodness, grace and love. Because Harding is just so much more than I ever anticipated.

Today, students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to participate in “Post-it and Pray.” Shores Chapel gradually began filling with post-it notes telling the struggles of the Harding family.

They told of the struggles of Amy who has cancer. They told of the girl who struggles in her relationships because of the sexual abuse she experienced as a child. They told of the boy who struggles with pornography addiction. They took on the burdens of our family and laid them out before you, God – in honesty, in brutality and in longing for understanding and healing.

Tonight, as I walked across our campus in the crisp, Fall air, I appreciated Harding just a little bit more. As I sat on the swing and listened to the leaves rustle in the trees, I appreciated Harding just a little bit more. And tonight, as I prayed for the more than 4,000 burdens and struggles of our family, as I basked in the thought that we’re not in this – in life – alone, I appreciated Harding more than I ever have.

People ask my why I chose Harding. This is why.

God, I’m so overwhelmed by your goodness, your blessing me with the family that is Harding University.

God, I’m so overwhelmed by your grace, your forgiveness when we sin and struggle.

God, I’m so overwhelmed by your love, your love that sent your Son to die brutally on the cross for us.

This is my prayer of thanks to you tonight, God. Thank you.

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