In the midst of the summer grind -- hiring teachers, tearing down walls to open up new classroom space, painting, filing, ordering curriculum, etc. -- God has provided signs that our work is not in vain and that our mission is being met.
I remember dropping my son off at college last year and feeling like my heart was being ripped out. How had the universe failed to warn me about this fateful day? God, was this your plan? This seems to be the dirty little secret of parenting no one warns you about.
As you know, Cornerstone had its annual banquet last Saturday. I know many of you wanted to come, but, schedules wouldn't permit. I'm going to do my best to give you a glimpse of the life changing stories shared.
Recently, I had a family come visit Cornerstone from out of state. They were interested in enrolling their young children in our program. After a brief tour, we returned to my office to discuss the "next steps." As I began to speak, I noticed that the mother's eyes were transfixed on something over my shoulder...
For me, I am always struck by the line in Luke 24 when the women go to the tomb where Jesus had been buried to treat his dead body with spices. Two men chastise the women and say, "Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn't here! He is risen..."
For the fifth straight year, the varsity hockey team from Gonzaga College High School has set aside an hour and a half before their practice every Monday night to help Cornerstone students with their homework.
His (John Brown's) zeal in the cause of my race was far greater than mine - it was as the burning sun to my taper light - mine was bounded by time, his stretched away to the boundless shores of eternity. I could live for the slave, but he could die for him.
Frederick Douglass, Address at the 14th anniversary of Storer College (30 May 1881)
A few weeks ago, a student at Cornerstone remarked that she didn't have a Bible at home. I had just received a donation of Bibles, so, I turned grabbed one and told her to take this home. She was shocked -- and thankful.
After 19 years of having a front row seat to God's work at Cornerstone, I couldn't be more excited than I am right now about the year to come! Won't you pull up a chair and see God...
While wishing you a Happy Easter at Christmas may seem odd, we like to say at Cornerstone that Christmas is the beginning of the Easter Story. Over Advent, we have been laying out the reason God sent his son to be born of a virgin (Christmas) only to be crucified as an innocent man (Easter). This trajectory summarizes God's redemptive plan to restore the fellowship (friendship) between man and himself by removing the sin that has separated us since birth -- which could only be done through Christ's sacrificial act.