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Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. – Jeremiah 6:26
What might it mean to see the campus as a crossroads? As a place of intersection where the church and academia meet? Over the past year I have spent time walking across the University of Cincinnati at least once a week, praying that my eyes would be open to see this place as God does. Some days the prayers come naturally, while during others it seems like I’m just repeating what I said last week. Either way, the discipline of being present on campus and looking has slowly been changing my own heart and helping me to recognize the presence of God’s kingdom in this place. It has also been challenging me to step into this crossroads more fully.
As you take time to walk on campus look at the buildings – old and new – and pray for the work going on in them. Look at posters of upcoming lectures and events. Are you drawn to attend any of them? How can you pray for them? Ask for compassion for the students, faculty, and staff walking past – and pray that they may be blessed. Ask God to show you the good way to live out the good news on campus and the courage to walk in it.