With a hot chocolate in my hand and a warm hat on my head, I sang Christmas carols along with crowds of Liberty students, faculty, families, and a full choir. What else could this be, other than the annual Liberty Christmas Tree Lighting?
Christmas in Lights begins the Christmas season on campus each year. For college students, the weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be stressful with finals and wrapping up the semester. But events like this one, Christmas Convocation, Christmas Coffeehouse, and more, make this season a little less stressful and bring a lot more joy. I’ve absolutely loved this event the past two years, but this time around was particularly memorable.
An evident excitement and wonder appeared as this was the first year the Tree Lighting was on the Montview Lawn. My Mom and Step-Dad moved to Lynchburg very recently (insert happy me jumping up and down) and getting to take pictures with Santa together, grab some Rookies cookies, and spend time with my friends was so special and sweet.
Our President, Jerry Falwell, wished the student body a Merry Christmas and with a loud countdown, the Christmas Tree was lit with shining lights and beautiful red bows. Everyone snapped a picture by the tree as a special performance by Judd Harris played in the background. Christmas on Campus is such a wonderful time of the year and this night kicked it off just right.
One of the most beautiful parts of life is how the seasons change. Warm summers fading into a cool fall, and the echoes of Christmas carols turning into blooming flowers. With each season, comes a new anticipation for life. I think our lives look pretty similar to how the seasons change. Some seasons of our lives are easier than others. Some seasons are sweet, light, and restful. But others can be overwhelming, taxing, and even disheartening.
But, one thing is for sure: all new seasons bring change.
Change is often uncomfortable and can cause worry or even fear. But that same change can stir expectation, passion, and life in a new season.
I am learning that I don’t enjoy change. I often focus on the negative aspects of change in my life. I’m currently in a season of change and somedays, it can be pretty overwhelming. Somedays I find myself worrying about the future and feeling discontent with the present. But recently, the Lord, in His loving kindness, reminded me of Psalm 77:11 that says “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” This verse reminds me to look back on the faithfulness of God in every season and remember His goodness.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been reminded of this truth once again. Our loving Father showers new mercies upon us each day, and even when we are in a season where everything is changing: God is constant.
No matter what season you may find yourself in, look for the new mercies that the Lord is giving you. Spend time thanking the Lord for the blessings He has given you, even if they are hard to see. A thankful heart sees Gods hand in every situation, even in the chaos.
This Thanksgiving, seek gratitude – even in the seasons of change.
Every year, Student Activities puts on a Fall Festival at Camp Hydaway! I look forward to this event every year. The Fall Festival is full of fun activities, delicious foods, and photo-ops! Watch the vlog below to see all the fall fun my friends and I had this year!
Game days quickly became some of my favorite days here at Liberty. Getting ready with friends, tailgating with my hall, cheering on our team…there truly is nothing like it! Since I’m a junior I’ve been to many football games, but a freshman may not know what to expect.
So, here are a few tips on how to prepare for Game Day!
The first, and probably the most obvious, is to Wear Red! Liberty’s school colors are red, white, and blue! So grab one of your red Liberty t-shirts (if you don’t have one, you can pick one up at the bookstore!) and represent our team!
Another great way to rock the Liberty colors is to find ways to accessorize! Wear a white or blue bandana, wear white sneakers or your favorite pair of blue jeans. Using glitter or red lipstick is a game day necessity for the Liberty girls!
Make sure to check the weather before you head over to the stadium, if it’s going to be chilly or rainy, you’ll definitely want a jacket!
Tailgates with your hall are always super fun and memorable! Most tailgates have food, soda, games, music, and fun photo-ops! Tailgating is a great way to make friends and get ready for the game as a hall. One of my personal favorite parts of tailgates is taking cute pictures with all my friends. I love looking back at my game-day photos and seeing all the fun we had!
Don’t forget to bring your Flames Pass to the game! Swiping your flames pass is your ticket into the stadium, so you’ll want to have it on you. If you get hungry during the game, the concessions accept Dining Dollars or Flames Cash (money that is put on your Flames Pass), cash, or card.
There are tons of traditions the student love to practice during football games. One of them is that all students and halls sit together in the student section. It’s super fun to cheer on the Flames with your brother and sister dorm! The students also have specific chants we yell during first downs or at kickoff. Another tradition is 4QF, 4 Quarters of Fury, which means staying for all 4 quarters of the game!
Even if you aren’t the biggest football fan, I'm sure you’ll love game day! See you at the next game!
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