After my first year at Heritage College, I opted to find a house to rent in Cambridge rather than move back home to Simcoe. Over my five years at Heritage, Cambridge became my home. I really enjoyed being on my own, but one of the hardest things to deal with was not being surrounded by my family, specifically my parents. I’m an independent person, but when life hands you lemons, I’d much rather complain to somebody about it then make lemonade.
When things were tough, I found it difficult to move forward with confidence. I didn’t have a father or mother figure around who I felt knew how to perfectly navigate the horrors of adulthood and to ask questions. Getting a bad grade or not having very much money made me question my purpose as a human being.
I remember attending a chapel service at Heritage and hearing the speaker talk on how God is our perfect and good father. He preached that it’s common for us to feel lost as we are uprooted from our lives and comfort zones. I was struggling with problems that the bulk of the student body was: we were in a continually shifting state of life. The people we interacted with changed every year, our bank accounts were continually being drained, and we were in new and challenging classes every few months.
We all need a Father to cling to. Whether we’re entering high school, moving to a new and strange place, or watching our children and grandchildren grow up, we never outgrow the need for a Father who can comfort, instruct, and grow us.
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” - Hebrews 10:22 ESV
Patrick Shay, Director of Worship Ministries