Reflect Emmanuel

December 11

Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us

December 11, 2013

Katelyn Boudreau, Class of 2014, Student Government Association President

Every December that I have spent at Emmanuel, there has been an almost mystical quality to the campus, a feeling of community that develops around the idea of Christmas and the upcoming break that is heartwarming. Yet for most, the end of the semester it is a period that is all too easy for us to get bogged down with work and overwhelmed with deadlines. Students, faculty, and staff buzz about, clamoring to finish that last bit of work before leaving the campus for the holiday season. Rarely though, during this period, do you see someone pause to question: "Why?"

That question and the subsequent answer are the best part of the Advent for me, because I know my answer. My answer is the reason why I am able to get through the long nights studying, the stressful atmosphere, and the intimidating workload. Because, when Advent comes to an end I get to be home with the people I love most and enjoy a period of reflection and relaxation. When I keep this outcome in mind, I gain strength and vigor in the face of weariness, as today's reading from Isaiah says. In these moments of stress, I am reminded that God is there to renew our strength and pardon all of our iniquities because of his might and his knowledge, which is beyond scrutiny. Getting to the end of Advent reminds me why all of the effort and work is completely worth it: Home.