Earlier tonight, I sang in my last choir concert ever at Dordt. For all the amazing things Dordt is, and for all the wonderful experiences I have had through the years, singing in choir has been the number-one highlight of my college career. Making beautiful music together with amazing people is an insanely powerful experience, and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
We sang a song at the concert tonight that, I think, perfectly encapsulates my feelings about Dordt. We're singing it again at graduation, and I could not think of a better way to conclude my four years here.
It is, perhaps, my favorite song I have sung at Dordt. Here are the lyrics:
How can our minds and bodies be
grateful enough that we have spent,
here in this generous room,
this evening of content?
Each of us has walked through storm
and fled the wolves along the road.
But here the hearth is wide and warm.
And for this shelter and this light,
accept, O Lord, our thanks tonight.
The question is rhetorical – I cannot be grateful enough for my time spent at Dordt. Each student here, myself included, has walked through their own storms, and I can't imagine experiencing those life-altering trials anywhere other than a place that will surround you with the warmth of God's truth.
So, for this shelter and this light, accept, O Lord, my thanks tonight.