It’s an all-out sprint at the beginning of a new school year, for those of us who work with H2O Church at Kent State University. We run for a six-week-long sprint, from Kick-Off Week to the Fall Retreat. And like most sustained sprints, it doesn’t usually feel very comfortable. We don’t get enough time to rest. And we definitely can’t keep it up forever. But we do it because it’s such a strategic season for “getting seeds in the ground.” And when we get to the end of this sprint, we sit. And celebrate. With pies from Beckwith Orchard.
I honestly wonder if it’s one of the best things we do with our Staff Team all year. We prohibit ourselves from doing any meaningful business during this time together. Instead, we focus on telling stories from the six-week sprint. And there are usually moments where I’m moved to the point of tears and moments where my side hurts from laughing so hard. And, honestly, one of the best things about this sit-down celebration is that we eat as much pie as we want (in fact, I deliberately skipped lunch today, so I could enjoy three slices of pie!). It’s really good pie!
We’re tired. And there are reasons for discouragement in a season such as this. But after an afternoon of eating pie and telling stories, I feel grateful to know that we’re still relatively happy and healthy. We’re restocking on calories — both literally and figuratively — and I’m glad that God is with us through all the ups and downs of collegiate ministry.