The Voice: Spring 2002
Notes from the Alumni Office
Homecoming at Dordt has come and gone once again. Its important to go
home from time to time to reconnect with the people and places that
make us who we are. Whether its a visit to our parental home
or a trip back to campus, homecomings are an opportunity to renew the
sense of security and belonging associated with home.
The Christian life is often referred to as a spiritual journey and death
as a heavenly homecoming. I wonder how many of us anticipate that homecoming
in the same way that we look forward to coming home to the
places of our past. And isnt it ironic that going someplace weve never
been before is referred to as a homecoming?
In recent months weve learned about several of the Dordt alumni community whove
gone homesome suddenly and tragically, some after a struggle with disease, but all
prematurely by our human calculations. When our life journeys take such unanticipated turns,
it can test our faith and leave us wondering, Where is God? and
Why does he let these things happen to his children? The faith principles
that seemed so solid are shaken and tested.
Peter Meyer (83) faces just such a test. Diagnosed with a rare cancer
two and a half years ago, he has shared the progression of the
disease as well as his faith with his professor and mentor, Dr. John
Visser. Graciously, Peter allowed us to share his journey with you.
One of the faith tenets that impressed me as a Dordt studentand the
one that continues to be a challenge for me to fully live outis
the fact that were living in the time between Christs first and second
comingsin the tension of the present, yet coming kingdom. Like Peter Meyer, I
love the life I know, and usually fail to live in the anticipation
of Christs second coming and the new heaven and earth. Regretfully, it is
lifes unexpected turns and detours that often leave me longing for Christs return,
rather than a daily, heartfelt prayer for Christs kingdom to come. I pray
that your journey has you walking in a meaningful relationship with the Lord
and anticipating homecoming.