On this very sad day for our campus, I just wanted to send an email to each of my current and former students. Please forgive me if you receive several copies of this. I am using blackboard to communicate and some of you may have had several classes with me.
I just want all of you to know how much you mean to me–and how valuable each of you are. It is my joy to teach for you and my privilege to serve you. All of you are an inspiration to me in your own way.
Today we have learned that life is precious. I know that our journey has its trials and troubles–and at times we may not have any idea of what we should do. But as someone who has had his fair share of sadness and grief, I can tell you that things do get better. Circumstances that may seem impossible today may well be the thing that God uses to take you to that next wonderful place. (I can tell you so many stories of how that has been true in my life.)
Please know that I want to be here for you if you are sad and discouraged. Send me a note, or come by. And I also ask that each of you reach out to those you know and love today to let them know how much they mean to you. As important as college may be, in the end, it is our love that we freely share with others that matters.
God bless you and God bless us all,