Thursday, December 12, 2013

Progress and Christmas Blessings

It's a busy campus now. Students are plowing through final exams, papers, and projects. Professors are rushing to complete grading so that our seniors can walk across the Belcher stage and graduate Saturday morning. Our university leadership team is busy trying to complete planning for several different initiatives to be implemented in the coming year.

Dean Kimberly Quiett and Linda Musser have been busy with submitting our new program paperwork to the Texas Board of Nursing (that's 800 pages of paperwork!) Dan Fiedler and a host of others are quite busy as the Allen Student Center construction nears completion, with 60,000 square feet of floor space and more than 27 miles of IT wiring! (See a sneak peek video of the Allen Center) The men's and women's basketball teams are moving quickly through their schedules (and playing well). Just observing all these moving parts makes my head spin.

That's why I needed last night. Marsha and I are blessed with a four-year-old granddaughter, Linley. She really enjoys playing with her own nativity set, and so I spent an hour on the floor with her as she taught me the Christmas story anew. 

There were actors and plots that Linley has added to the story. Somehow Elmo and Big Bird are present at the manger for the blessed birth. Several Disney Princesses join the Wise Men from afar to bring gifts. Great fun! 

A four-year-old can add unique twists to the Christmas story, but she can also remind you of the joyous truth: a baby came to us, and now it is our time to come to the baby - with praise, adoration, wonder, and gifts. We can make it so complicated but it really is all about that baby.