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May 27, 2010

Session 1 | Day 12

The End

Master Chief floats alone towards an unknown future on the planet of Marathon after saving human kind and destroying the Flood.  Luke, Leah, and Han Solo celebrate on Endor along with the rest of the galaxy after the destruction of the Empire and the balancing of the Force.  Maximus drops the knife, falls to his knees, and suddenly finds himself walking through a field of long, flowing wheat toward his wife and child.  Frodo Baggins takes one last look at his closest friends and turns to walk onto the last ship to depart the shores of Middle Earth. 

There is an end to everything.  Every story, every age, and every day will one day pass.  That is the nature of the world.   In these moments, when you realize the end has come, the emotions run thick.  They swirl around you, sweeping you up in their passionate embrace.  These emotions run the entire gamut.  You go from tears to pure joy, from feeling sad to happy.  You can be satisfied yet feel strangely empty all at the same time.  It is a bittersweet symphony of closure and new beginnings.  The feelings of the end are almost impossible to explain. Yet, they demand to be put into words.

Well, here we are at the end.  These two weeks have flown by at the speed of light, and the end is inevitable.  During this time, even the most future-oriented students have become reflective.  The confidence of knowing we are now prepared to stand against the evils of the world makes us chomp at the bit to get out and engage in the world, but the realization that the closeness of community we have experienced for two weeks is about to come to an end leaves us feeling sad.  We students are feeling every emotion imaginable as we prepare to move on from this haven in Manitou.  

The community of friends that Summit creates goes beyond normal bonds formed in everyday interaction.  It is a group of people with common goals, similar beliefs, and the desire to learn and expand our understanding of the world.  This openness of mind makes it very easy to form relationships that would normally take months to create.  Deep friendships are formed, the beginning of lifelong camaraderie.  These unique and special friendships will be valued by every student that attends Summit.  They are something that should not, and will not, be taken for granted.

During these two weeks, the evils of the world have been fleshed out and explained.  At times, I felt profoundly hopeless, as if I was staring into a future of nothing but pain, death, and socialistic health care.  It seemed as if there was no light in the future.  However, tnoight as we sang the song "We Fall Down," I realized something.  The chorus says, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb," and as we sang it, I saw hope.  I saw 111 students crying out to a powerful God who cannot and will not fail.  I saw that I wasn't alone in desiring to change the lives of those around me.  The future might be grim and steeped in darkness, but through it all we trust in the God who never fails.  There are those who still care.  This might be the end of our two weeks at Summit, but it is the beginning of the rest of our lives.  While we sing "Holy is the Lord," there is hope.  And that is all we need.



  • May 28, 2010 // 07:40 am //  # 
    Deborah Ann's avatar Deborah Ann

    This was incredibly moving and beautiful…I am a Summit Alumni and was able to grasp the impact of every word. This captured the feelings Summit leaves you with in such a perfect way. Blessings on all you in Manitou…waiting to pick up some of my heart at Session 4.

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