Crimson. Orange. Gold. The colors of a Midwestern October return year after year. Trees reach their most vibrant hues after a moist (not wet) summer and a sunny, dry fall. They like cool nights, not early freezes. This was a very good year in Illinois and Wisconsin for vibrant autumn hues. Spend a few minutes with me touring our campuses in the midst of glorious fall color as we listen to a pre-COVID rendition of Robert Lowry’s Gospel classic, “Shall We Gather at the River?”
The choir’s hymn summons peaceful images from the Book of Revelation (22:1-2) with an invitation to assemble near the stream of water that promises new life. The drone footage in our Thanksgiving greeting reminds us of the nearness of water to both of our campuses, the Fox River and Geneva Lake. It is Thanksgiving at Aurora University, and we are grateful for the opportunity to teach and to learn. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we are blessed richly.
Thank you for sharing in our lives at Aurora University. May you and those you love find calm, health, comfort and peace in the waters that flow ever from the throne of God. “Yes. We’ll gather at the River, the beautiful, the beautiful River.”
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD