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Experience the joy of Christmas

Garland, wreaths, trees and lights greeted Davis & Elkins College students as they returned to campus from Thanksgiving break. The air is festive with the arrival of the holiday season and students wasted no time becoming involved in the Christmas celebration.

A special D&E edition of “Feed the City” occurred on Tuesday evening as our students led the effort to care for God’s children. Students, as well as a few faculty and staff, provided both the food and labor to make a delicious meal available to anyone in need of one in Elkins. A monthly outreach of Summit Church, the students of the College stepped in and stepped up to spread Christmas cheer at the Railyard Restaurant.

To make sure children in the community receive tangible expressions of the gift of love, D&E Student Assembly is working through Randolph County Schools to provide clothing and toys to several young girls and boys at both North Elementary and Beverly Elementary. Central to the transformative educational experience at Davis & Elkins is the importance of caring for the community and providing others with blessings from those who are blessed.

Showing their civic pride, more than 300 D&E student athletes spent Wednesday evening walking down Davis Avenue in the Community Christmas “Jingle All the Way” Parade. Our student-athletes assisted Delmonte Market and Builder’s Supply distribute jingle bells to all the children along the parade route.

As we remember the true meaning of the Christmas celebration, the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir will lead a Festival of Lessons and Carols this evening. This beautiful and moving musical reminder of the story of God’s incarnation is offered as the College’s gift to the community. It will occur in the beautiful sanctuary of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, our partner congregation, at 7 p.m. In addition to the choral selections, it is my privilege to bring a Christmas meditation during this program. All are invited and welcome.

With Thanksgiving break now behind our students, their focus is squarely on the completion of their final week of regular classes followed by preparation for a week of final exams. Appropriately, their academics take priority and their seriousness and stress levels begin to rise as the final days of the semester grow nigh. It is refreshing to see the healthy balance they strike between academics and joyful celebration of this magical season.

The example of our students should not be lost for all of us. The days leading up to Christmas often become hectic due to holiday events and preparations. It is my hope that in the midst of our busyness, we not forget either the magic of the season nor the central message of love and hope that is at the heart of Christmas. In the eyes of grateful children, in the breaking of bread at “Feed the City,” in the melody of a Christmas hymn, and in serving our sisters and brothers may each of us experience the meaningfulness and joy of our remembrance when God became flesh and dwelt among us.

The journey continues….

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