Two weeks in and still going strong! It's been awesome getting to see so many new faces at Cru over the past couple weeks! For those of you who haven't been able to make it out yet this semester Scott, one of our Cru staff members, is leading us through a series called, Stand in Awe- Reflections on God's Character. It has been very encouraging to hear about some of God's attributes and His character. I hope you all can make it to join in!

One of my favorite movies is Remember the Titans. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is the story of the integration of a black and white high school in 1970's Virginia. The community is fraught with racial animosity, but the football team comes together and serves as an inspiration to bring the town together. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the team has a player's only meeting and they talk (more like yell) about the issues with the integration and how they need to truly come together. One of the players starts singing Isaiah 40:30-31. This is one of the pivotal points in the movie where the team truly unites and goes on a run to the state championship game. Pretty cool stuff! 

The passage reads, "30Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." This was an inspiring verse to many on that team. They dealt with hate being thrown at them, coupled with constant disapproval from the community in regards to their friendships. They put their hope in the Lord though, and they soared, and through them others soared as well. We may not be excited when we face trials and conflict, but we can be confident that the Lord will sustain us through them. If we put our hope in God He will let us soar on the wings of eagles. We won't always have the strength to go it alone, but God will always offer His strength to us- all we have to do is put our hope and trust in Him. 

I pray that this passage would be an encouragement to you, especially as the semester gets busier and busier. We may be tired, and want to give up, but ask God for His sustaining strength and He will come through for you. 

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

In Christ,

Scott Thomson