Day 20

December 18

December 18

Romans 15:7-13

7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name"; 10 and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people"; 11 and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him"; 12 and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope." 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Where We Find Our Hope

by John (BBA '79) and Nancy (BSEd '79) Jackson

Some of our greatest joys in life have involved traveling the world. That joy has been multiplied, exponentially, as we've had the unique opportunity to marry our passion for people and other cultures with our love for our alma mater and Baylor students.

When we were students at Baylor, our faith was a uniting factor. It was through this faith that our faculty encouraged us to challenge ourselves to see what Christ sees in each of us—to "accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God."

Accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us.

What a joy it has been to travel with some of Baylor's programs and current students to places like Zambia and Germany, where we've seen the Baylor mission come alive in new and profound ways as the next generation of leaders learns how to serve, to learn and eventually, lead. They've learned to accept one another in places where everything feels foreign, but where we're reminded of our one Creator.

Those connections with others in our faith strengthen the Body of Christ.

That is where we find our hope. It's seeing the miracle of Jesus Christ's love working on our hearts, so that we may know the things that are truly important: Loving Christ our Savior, and loving others as we love Him.

When we gather as a body in Christ, in a body undivided by man's rules or arbitrary categorizations, as with the Jews and the Gentiles, or other superficial distractions, we are able to glorify our God and dwell in His presence. This is our hope. Because in these moments of worship and of unity in the Body of Christ, we get a glimpse of Heaven. We taste the incomprehensible joy that will come when we are united, forever, as one in heaven worshipping our Lord.

It is a heavy lesson to absorb, and it is one where we fail more often than we succeed, but we carry our hope in Him. We rejoice that we can still be connected to the Baylor Family, and that we can come together to hopefully lead and guide future students to use their time here at Baylor to find those common bonds. To see how faith covers all and to feel the joy and hope that comes from trusting Jesus and His infinite love.

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NameJohn (BBA '79) and Nancy (BSEd '79) Jackson

John (BBA '79) and Nancy (BSEd '79) Jackson serve as Co-Chairs of the Give Light Campaign’s National Campaign Steering Committee. In 2019, the Jacksons stepped forward with a lead campaign gift, creating the Jackson Family Chair for Baylor in Latin America. The Jacksons, of The Woodlands, Texas, remain committed to Baylor through their service on the campaign, as well as through support of the Hankamer School of Business, Baylor Athletics and through Baylor missions.