We are now less than a week away from the start of the fall semester at Mississippi State. When school went online in the middle of last semester due to COVID-19, a repeating phrase I heard was “I just hope things are back to normal by the fall semester."
Back in March, August seemed so far away and it was hard to think that we’d still be dealing with so many unknowns. But here we are, with school just around the corner, with a lot of unknowns about what the semester holds. Looking back, I can see how I was hoping for the fall semester to bring back a level of “normal". While I am disappointed, I’ve been brought back to this passage from Lamentations.
But this I call to mind
And therefore I have hope
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end
Great is your faithfulness
“The Lord is my portion,”says my soul
“Therefore I will hope in him.”
Our true hope is found in the Lord. Even if this semester isn’t “normal”, I know that the Lord’s love for us, His people, will not stop. He is faithful even in the midst of a pandemic and online schooling. My prayer for myself, Grant, my students, and you, our support team, is that we will continue to remember where our hope is found and that He is enough to satisfy us in the midst of uncertainty.