Advent Devotion

When I was little I used to ask my parents why the people in the bible got to hang out with Jesus, but we didn’t. They told me that we do, but it’s just a little different. They explained that now, Jesus shows himself and his love for us through other people. Since coming to college, I’ve experienced this in more way than I ever expected to. I have the privilege of being involved with YoungLife, a student ministry on campus, and through that I am in small group that meets every Wednesday night. The small groups are led by the YoungLife college leaders; a majority of whom have graduated from Virginia Tech and now work in the Blacksburg/Roanoke area. Sara and Cody Simpkins both went to Virginia Tech and were involved with YoungLife. They married in August, and moved into a small home a few minutes off of campus at the beginning of the school year. Sara leads my small group, and Cody leads the boys’ Wednesday night bible study. Every week they pick us up from campus, take us to their home, feed us dinner, and lead the bible studies. As a college student, home cooked meals are few and far between. Sara and Cody could feed us pizza or sandwiches, but they take the time to make roast, casseroles, and grilled chicken. It’s a meal, and they make us feel so loved through it. They don’t even stop there. When I was sick earlier this year, they brought me chicken noodle soup to my dorm and offered to take me back to their home if that would make me more comfortable. They meet us all for lunch individually to get to know us better. I manage the baseball team, and one of the boys in Cody’s bible study is on the baseball team, and earlier this year they came to a preseason scrimmage. I know that every single one of us feels and sees Jesus through both of them, just by their willingness to involve themselves in our lives and the effort they show. In Mark 10 we are told, “For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. I’ve experienced the love of Christ most profoundly through the service of others.


Lissa Brown