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The "Herb-arium" - Notes from the Dean

February 11, 2011


Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.
(EPH 3:20; NRSV)

 

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he offers a prayer for the readers in which he draws our attention to the “power at work within us.” I do not keep a daily log of everything going on in our school – so the newsletters compiled by Dr. Franklin serve as a periodic reminder of our accomplishments – and I think you will agree that they are impressive! The reason that we can accomplish all these things is because the faculty and students who make up our school are truly empowered by Him. We are empowered intellectually with expertise in our respective disciplines; we are empowered with the energy required to sustain our teaching loads while at the same time mentoring students through various research experiences and personal growth; and we are empowered by a sense of purpose, an understanding that what we do through Wayland affects the lives of countless others and serves His kingdom in so many ways. Certainly, this is not a new revelation for those of us connected to Wayland – it has always been this way, even before annual newsletters and the like – and we are only able to compile this list of accomplishments because of the dedication and hard work of those who preceded us in service to Him through Wayland.

 

This newsletter is different than others we produce throughout the year because it is published concurrently with our annual homecoming celebration. There is no more convincing evidence of His power working through Wayland than the success and influence of our graduates – our alumni. Homecoming is a time when alumni can remember fondly the experiences they shared when they were a part of Wayland’s daily comings and goings, and perhaps reflect on how those experiences shaped their lives and their walk with our Lord. It is also a time when we recognize those alumni who have given generously of their time and gifts to enable us to “accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.” We are all exceedingly grateful for those whose paths we follow in serving Wayland; we are all exceedingly grateful for the dedication and hard work of our colleagues with whom we share that path; and we are all exceedingly grateful for the sense of empowerment and sense of purpose He infuses in all of us at Wayland. There are many great accomplishments yet to come – discoveries through our research that we cannot know at this time - a broadening sense of service and stewardship for humankind and for creation – and generations of future graduates who will carry the legacy of Wayland forward. We ask for your continued prayer and support as we work to fulfill Paul’s prayer – “to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.