It’s pretty crazy how fast this year has gone by… I truly hope you have enjoyed the classes you’ve taken, the friendships you’ve developed, the memories you’ve made, and your overall college experience at MSU. As you round out the school year, may you find time for peace and rest in the midst of what is very likely a wild week of finals. Know that you are held in prayer as you finish your coursework, move out of your residence, and transition into summer. If you’re heading home, staying in Bozeman, or traveling somewhere for a summer job I wish you well!
As a blessing for peace during this wild week and for what is to come, I want to share with you a poem by Christian poet Wendell Berry; he is also a farmer and environmentalist.
“The Peace of Wild Things”
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)