When I look back on the finals weeks of my own college years, I remember nearly every semester making a list of all I had to do in the final week or two of the semester and thinking to myself, “there is no way that I am going to survive this.” Perhaps you are staring down a similar kind of list today.

I wanted to share a prayer that I came across a few years ago that asks for gratitude, guidance, strength and peace at the end of the semester. Perhaps it will bring you some comfort in the upcoming days. Know that I am praying for you and wishing you God’s presence in these stressful days. May God bless you.

In Christ, 

Pastor Emily

God of Wisdom,

I thank you for the knowledge gained
and the learning experiences of the semester.
I come to you and ask you to illuminate my heart and mind.

Let your Holy Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams,
guiding my studies and giving me insight
so that I can perform to the best of my ability.

Grant me the strength to handle the pressure of these days,
the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge,
and the ability to keep a proper perspective through it all.

Help me to keep in mind what is truly important,
even as I focus my time and energy on these exams.

Finally, may I sense your peace
in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.

I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Musings from Vicar Leif:

I spend quite a bit of time staring out of my deck window into the alleyway outside (I know I have written a few of these about the wildlife in my alleyway). One of the joys that I noticed of the past few weeks was the trees going from barren to full. It felt almost overnight that the trees began to bud and then the next small leaves appeared, and the next it was fully green.

Hildegard von Bingen focuses a great deal of her theology around “greening,” which is both creation flourishing, but also our spirits flourishing. How easy it is to see trees in spring! But my prayer and hope for you this week, especially as finals week looms ahead, is that you are able to find a way to flourish, in body, mind, and soul.

Leif Kratzke Nelson serves as intern pastor at
Luther Memorial and Lutheran Campus Ministry.
LCM Students - Spring 2021
May 2, 2021

All our weekly events are wrapped up for the semester - thanks for participating!  

Join us on the LCM Community Facebook page and if you are graduating, please update your information with us! 

Are you staying in Madison over the summer and looking for a part-time job?  LCM is looking for a student worker for our Campus Connect Project - 15 hours per week @ $12 per hour!

Duties include:
Helping local congregations connect their high school graduates to campus ministry, Sending emails, making phone calls to those referring students, Assisting with outreach to incoming UW Students on behalf of LCM, Clerical duties such as data entry and preparing mailings

A full position description is available on our website.

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