Homecoming, 2011. The football players had taken to the field. People were wearing body paints to look like warriors or poorly concieved words. The cheers from the stands were sporadic but empassioned. Laughter was in the air in anticipation for whatever the game would hold in store. Yet by the end of the first half, with the score resting with the opposing team forty and some odd points above the Concordia Golden bears, people were saying that perhaps the volleyball team should be called in. That didn't seem to quench the joy which glowed from many of the faces, though. With the football game gone awry, people quickly took to the carnival which was set up near the field. Free food was present which drew out the rest of the faithful students observes. The rides, many of which were designed to give joy only for a little while and nausea for an eternity, were a bonus. People walked around laughing, taking pictures, enjoying one another, and living. It was a sunny day.
The footbal game was a failure in many senses of the word. From the start of the game, the opponents, the U of M Mavericks, had the advantage. The game was out of control very fast. It seemed as though the initial lack of points was an emotional factor that tallied into the many penalties called on the Bears. It became an inevitable slide down-hill (which seems to be the coarse many failures follow in their gradual descent). Yet the joy of the crowd, which appeared to have nothing to do with the game, was related to something else. Was it the anticipation of free food and rides? Was it the sun shining in all its radiant glory? Was it simply being able to relax and hang out with friends? Perhaps the reason is all things and more. One could say that it was a day that the writer of Ecclesiastes could smile at, with all the people finding happiness in their toils.
Homecoming, for me, was a great day. Being outside with the weather in compliance and most of my new friends present, it was much needed. As all students should know well, a break from studies can be the most vital and enjoyable part of learning. Not to mention that if the goal of learning is to bring glory to God in our lives, then we must LIVE! What better way to live than by actually getting out there and doing it. We drink in the emotions and conversations, the sensations and the thoughts. Even in the world that we live in, I still find it amazing at how joyful some days can be. Even though, as Christians, our highest delight is in God and His salvation, it is still good and right to thank Him for the good days (and bad days) since He has made them.