From the Executive Director

As we approach the Christmas season, I can’t help but think of the many ways we use the word "season" when we communicate about time. There are seasons of life, seasons of joy or sorrow, seasons that must be patiently endured, and seasons that fly by too quickly. One of the benefits of growing older is that one gains wisdom! I am in the fall season of my life, but I have already lived through a spring and a summer. I’ve accumulated a few hard-learned lessons and I know some things I didn’t know during my previous seasons. One of the lessons I have learned is that tough times come along but they don’t last forever.

As parents of young adults, we have the opportunity to coach and mentor our children who have a lot of knowledge, deep conviction and unique ideas but they understandably lack experience and haven’t transitioned through the seasons as we have. They are still in the spring season - maybe heading into summer. Their "highs" are very high and their "lows" are very low. Experience provides the tempering effect of understanding that highs and lows are temporal. They weave into the tapestry of our lives as seasons of dark and light.

Perhaps you’ve sensed your student has experienced high and low times over the past semester. Perspective is everything! I suggest that you encourage your son or daughter to review the major themes of the life lessons they’ve learned over the past few months. You might point out how the high and low seasons have evened out into valuable experience. Above all, please take advantage of your opportunity to affirm your George Fox student and enjoy your time together during the holidays.

I hope that your family has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sheri Philips
Executive Director of University Relations