SENIOR FAREWELL: CIA MATHEW
After four years at Brown, I can confidently assert two parts of my identity: I am a writer and I
am a Jesus enthusiast. Both of these critically shape the way I view the world, the way I relate
with others, and the way I feel about myself. When I write, I’m looking at God’s creation and
using the creativity He’s given me to share with the world His beauties, His complexities, and
His love. I know I’m not the best at either of these labels, for my metaphors don’t always make
sense and I often forget to pray.
Yet, the mutual lesson that writing and following Jesus has taught me is this: I am a continuous
work in progress. There will always be edits that can be made. I will always need grace. I will
occasionally miss a comma or five. And there will be days when I forget how much the God of
the universe loves me. I am far from perfect; but I am finally learning to believe that amidst my
growth, I am enough. I believe in a God that loves me in my imperfections, while challenging
me to grow deeper roots of faith. And I have come to cherish criticism and edits with my
writing, because I am committed to my growth as a writer.
From using language to paint an image to kneeling before Christ on Sunday morning, these
are two parts of my identity I will never compromise. Christ died for me, and I write for Christ.
Cornerstone Magazine has been the colliding intersection of these two parts of me, and for this
space, for this page, I will always be grateful.
Sujay Natson ‘16 Door