This story was originally published in The Crown, Redeemer’s student newspaper, and has been republished with permission.
The novel coronavirus sweeps across the world, bringing pain, stress, and fear. This directly impacts the Student Senate as well: clubs cannot operate as they used to, events have to be rethought, and student advocacy has not become easier with a pandemic in the background.
Despite the additional challenges, serving students is more satisfying than ever before. It is extremely encouraging to see how responsible students are in their actions. I see it is a true honour and privilege to serve a student body that is profoundly loving, mature, and faithful.
During the Student Senate Chapel on October 18—with COVID-19 in the back of my mind—I mentioned that Redeemer is being sheltered by God. Was my optimism premature? It certainly seems so, since Redeemer’s first case of COVID-19 was announced the very next day. Despite the unfortunate news, I continue to believe that God is faithful in protecting Redeemer. I see three elements that are key to Redeemer’s flourishing: love, hope, and wisdom.
First, as Christians, we are called to love our neighbour. With the pandemic, in particular, this means that we care about the health and wellbeing of our fellow students, our professors, and the surrounding community. To me, having this vision of love makes it easier to rationalize the sacrifices we have to make.
Second, finding our identity in Christ, we are called to live in hope. Ultimately, our hope is anchored in Christ, not in the fallen world we inhabit. Although the pandemic may be scary, we can focus on the fact that God is faithful. Our university is thriving with the biggest ever incoming class, a new living and learning facility, and in-person education.
Third, wisdom is crucial in dealing with hardship. That is why I think it is important to pray for those in positions of authority. Let’s pray for Redeemer’s administration to be granted wisdom to make the right decisions. As your representatives, Student Senate needs your prayers too. Please support us as we navigate the challenges of the day.