The Voice: Spring 2002

The Voice

Notes from the Alumni Office

Homecoming hospitality

Homecoming at Dordt has come and gone once again. It’s important to “go home” from time to time to reconnect with the people and places that make us who we are. Whether it’s 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 isn’t it ironic that going someplace we’ve never been before is referred to as a homecoming?

In recent months we’ve learned about several of the Dordt alumni community who’ve gone home—some 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 student—and the one that continues to be a challenge for me to fully live out—is the fact that we’re living in the time between Christ’s first and second comings—in 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 Christ’s second coming and the new heaven and earth. Regretfully, it is life’s unexpected turns and detours that often leave me longing for Christ’s return, rather than a daily, heartfelt prayer for Christ’s kingdom to come. I pray that your journey has you walking in a meaningful relationship with the Lord and anticipating homecoming.