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You might be asking yourself, “What is Festina Lente?” Is it some new Christmas Celebration? Is it a special holiday in another language? Actually, it is an old Latin motto that means:
Make haste slowly.
The Christmas festivities are upon us. Musicals, Christmas plays, special banquets, and celebrations with family and friends crowd the schedule. It is a special time of year. And as you know and have experienced, it is also a time for the rush. The special buys and deals for Christmas gifts canvas the landscape before us. Commercials tell us to hurry! Buy now, and shipping is free. The wife tells us to hurry! The husband says, “It is a must, hurry!” The children are counting the minutes and telling the clock to hurry so they can open the presents. Our friends and colleagues tell us to hurry! Everything is moving at “lightning speed.” In all the rush and hurry, we need to Make Haste Slowly!
One of the dangers at this time of the year is that we do not take time for slow contemplation of the real meaning of Christmas. I recently heard a woman on a commercial say she did not have time to go to the gym for exercise - she is too busy. Another woman said, “I have so much work to do that I don’t have the time to wait on the Lord to get strength to do it.” Now that is dangerous. We need to go slowly on the things that require reflection, meditation, and thanksgiving! The Christmas Story must be “unwrapped” slowly to achieve the “full effect” of the uniqueness, the miraculousness, and the blessedness of the birth of the Lord Jesus.
- Read Mathew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 slowly. Use a “Harmony of the Gospels.” (A Harmony of the Gospels by Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry is excellent!) Watch for the steps and the stops of His people and the continuous movement of the Lord. All is according to plan. It paints a magnificent portrait of the working of the Lord for the blessing of man. Meditate and read the scriptures out loud. There is Power in the Word of God!
- Plan for a truth, an idea, a thought, an urge, or an “inspiration” to be given to you! Have pen and paper handy! God will give you the “reality of a blessing” to share with others! He gives to you that you may give to others.
- In your giving this year, may your gift be “covered” and “immersed” in the empowerment of the Lord. May He use your generosity to enrich others and draw them closer to the Lord Jesus Christ! May the Holy Spirit use what you say, do, and share with family and friends as a “tool” of magnetism toward the things of God!
Make Haste Slowly! “Hurry to go slow!” My mother always told me to chew my food slowly. “Take time to chew it over and over for good digestion,” she would say. “Enjoy every bite” was her theme! She wanted me to enjoy the moment, the taste, and the event!
Plan to enjoy the moment, the taste, and blessing of this Christmas!
During this season, plan for uninterrupted time to think on the first coming of the Lord. What did the shepherds think about the Angelic Singing? What did they think when they saw a Babe lying in a manger? And what did the others think when they shared the good tidings of great joy?
“Now when they had seen Him they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child and all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2:17-18 NKJV
This Christmas and New Year … Go Slow and Enjoy! Feel the breeze of the miraculous! May the words “Festina Lente” be in your plans! May the Slowness Begin! You will be glad you did!
The Latest Happenings…
▪ There were 98 registered for Campus Preview on November 7. A hot breakfast, lunch “under the tent,” a chapel service, classroom experience, “Meet the Professor” event, along with fellowship and sports tryouts were all on the agenda. Parents, sponsors, and friends of prospective students had the opportunity to enjoy the Trinity Experience; 17 applications were received.
▪ The Faculty and Staff Christmas Dinner will be Tuesday, December 9 at the College. This is an opportunity for trustees, President’s Council members, faculty and staff to celebrate together the “Birth of the Lord Jesus.” Special music, fellowship, and other events are part of the festivities.
▪ Dr. Ralph Enlow, President of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), will be our guest on campus December 15 and 16. He will be providing insights, counsel, and suggestions for our growing institution. Subjects such as tuition discounts, academic offerings, online implementation and digital marketing will be discussed with various groups. His experience and leadership are deeply appreciated by all.
▪ Bits of Odds and Ends …
▪ Dr. Stu Parsons and his wife, Angela, flew to San Diego to participate in the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (the world’s largest meeting of Biblical scholars) in San Diego. Dr. Parsons presented a paper about a new discovery concerning early Christian use of Scripture.
▪ The book, “Watch Your Step! Barefoot in a Broken-Glass World,” has been published by Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. The book was authored by John Keller, class of 2013.
▪ The C. S. Lewis Honors Seminar landing page is now live on the Trinity College of Florida website. Click here to visit the page. This exploration and learning experience will be in London, Cambridge, Oxford, and Stonehenge.
▪ The constitution for the Student Government Association has been updated and is in use.
▪ A Thanksgiving Dinner was held on campus and enjoyed by approximately 150.
▪ The Turkey Bowl was held on November 20. Students had a canned food drive during this event for those in need at this time of the year.
▪ A group of 44 from Trinity recently attended a Tampa Bay Lightning game together. The group was made up of 41 students, 1 staff member, and 2 children.
▪ As of this writing, the Trinity Men’s NIT (National Invitation Tournament) Basketball Team has had 3 wins and 5 losses. The IND (Independent) team has had 2 wins and 2 losses.
▪ The College will be on recess for the Christmas/New Year holidays from December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015. The residence hall will reopen January 7 followed by new student orientation the following day. Classes for the spring semester will begin Monday, January 12, 2015.
▪ Trinity College of Florida has had 304 followers on Twitter. An increase in Facebook activity by Alumni is taking place.
▪ Articles and books are being authored by Trinity College of Florida professors.
Prayer Requests …
▪ Pray for the final funds needed to begin construction on our desperately needed residence hall. Plans are complete, the site has been prepared, and we are ready. The leasing of apartments off-campus for resident students continues. Pray for the donors who are considering their next steps, especially as we approach the end of the year.
▪ Continue to keep our operational funding before the Lord.
▪ Seventeen Deferred Maintenance Items have been identified by our Vice President for Business and Finance, amounting to approximately $270,000. Five projects have been completed. Pray that the Lord will continue His provision of funding in these areas.
▪ Pray for the ministries of our students during the Christmas season. Pray for their spiritual refreshment and encouragement.
▪ Pray especially for those students who will be making decisions on their next steps after college.
▪ Pray for our Faculty and Staff that they will be enriched spiritually as never before!
At this time of the year, may we think on the third stanza of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”:
“Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.”
Amen and Amen!
Thank you DEEPLY for all your support this past year. Words are totally insufficient to convey the depth of our gratitude, but we are trusting the Lord to communicate this to you by His Spirit! Blessings to you, your family, and friends!
Serving with you,