As the month of September faded into October, the Christian Life theme also changed. The theme for the month is “you are beloved.”
When asked about why he picked the theme for this particular month, Christian Life director Greg Lisson stated, “The first two months’ themes are concepts for identity statements for all people. Everybody is made in God’s image and beloved by Him. The following months’ themes are more specific for Christians.”
This theme is applicable to all Wesleyan students because they are all loved by God. Also, high school is a time where it is easy to feel unloved; with so many different types of people it can be hard to find your place. This can lead to a sense of loneliness. If you are different than others, it can be a challenge, but it’s comforting to know that God loves you.
When asked why the theme is relative to us, Lisson responded “One of the core desires of all people is to be known and loved. The concept of being loved by God speaks to that central desire that can sometimes be hard to fill.”
The devotions during chapel for the month started with Mr. Van der Sluys, who spoke about how sometimes we doubt the love of God and how it affects our foundation. God was our foundation. He used the example of the Jenga game, and very courageously pulled pieces out to help bolster his point.
The next week, Peyton Prince and Ashlee Fincher spoke about times in their life where they doubted God’s love. No matter how many times they doubted God’s love, it never changed. It was a strong message that relates to high school students everywhere.
The final week, Adaku shared her personal experience about seeing the love of God through her mother. The number of times her mother has shown her grace, as well as the times she has loved on Adaku continues to show Adaku the love of God. She also used a reference to the “honeymoon stage” when talking about the love of God. This, in her opinion, shows that God is obsessed with us, and loves us so much.
The verse for this month is found in the book of Romans. It is Romans 8:38-39 and states, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”