Covid 19 & Redeemer

Living by Love, Hope, and Wisdom

The novel coronavirus sweeps across the world, bringing pain, stress, and fear. This directly  impacts the Student Senate as well: clubs cannot operate as they used to, events have to be  rethought, and student advocacy has not become easier with a pandemic in the background. 

Despite the additional challenges, serving students is more satisfying than ever before. It is  extremely encouraging to see how responsible students are in their actions. I see it is a true  honour and privilege to serve a student body that is profoundly loving, mature, and faithful. 

During the Student Senate Chapel on October 18—with COVID-19 in the back of my mind—I  mentioned that Redeemer is being sheltered by God. Was my optimism premature? It certainly  seems so, since Redeemer’s first case of COVID-19 was announced the very next day. Despite  the unfortunate news, I continue to believe that God is faithful in protecting Redeemer. I see 

three elements that are key to Redeemer’s flourishing: love, hope, and wisdom. 

First, as Christians, we are called to love our neighbour. With the pandemic in particular, this  means that we care about the health and wellbeing of our fellow students, our professors, and the  surrounding community. To me, having this vision of love makes it easier to rationalize the  sacrifices we have to make. 

Second, finding our identity in Christ, we are called to live in hope. Ultimately, our hope is  anchored in Christ, not in the fallen world we inhibit. Although the pandemic may be scary, we  can focus on the fact that God is faithful. Our university is thriving with the biggest ever  incoming class, a new living and learning facility, and in-person education. 

Third, wisdom is crucial in dealing with hardship. That is why I think it is important to pray for  those in positions of authority. Let’s pray for Redeemer’s administration to be granted wisdom to  make the right decisions. As your representatives, Student Senate needs your prayers too. Please  support us as we navigate the challenges of the day. 

We do not know what the future holds. Uncertainty can lead to hate, fear, and foolishness. In  these times, more than ever before, the Student Senate is here to fight for your voice. Reach out  to us with your questions, concerns, and ideas in the Student Senate office, through social media,  or by emailing Above all, let’s continue to be faithful in Christ’s love,  hope, and wisdom.