Letter from the Editor
A Time for Everything
Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of Cornerstone, and hel-
lo from your resident senior citizen! Everyone says this, but
seriously, these last semesters go by quickly. As I’m finishing
college, I can’t help but remember how I felt as a freshman:
energetic, confident, and ambitious in my plans for the next
four years. Alright, I had thought to myself. I’ve done it. I’m here.
This is my time, and from now on, my life is in my own hands.
Now, I laugh at the idea. If there’s anything I’ve learned from
college, it’s that much of life is simply out of our control. Of
course, our efforts do have some effect on the general direc-
tions of our lives. But as for how and when things actually play
out, we may never know. Looking back, I wish I could say the
events of my college life—my experiences, my relationships,
my career outcomes—were the immediate results of my own
choices. But in fact, so little happened on my agenda. I waited
for things that never came. I made carefully constructed plans
to watch them fall apart. I made decisions that led to wildly
unexpected outcomes, whether for better or for worse.
Sometimes, these experiences made me want to challenge
God: Why now? Why not then? When will things actually work out,
the way I want them to? But eventually, I came to realize that if
my plans became too precious to me, I would lose sight of
what gave them meaning at all. In those moments, God had
to step in and say, Hey, it’s in My time. Not yours.
Time must be an amusing thing for God. To us, it’s every-
thing: we’re always looking for ways to save time, to use it well,
to schedule and master it. But to God, time doesn’t exist like
this. He is the very beginning and the end, a being that rep-
resents infinity and eternity. As a Christian, what does it mean
to live while knowing that ultimately, our time is His?
With this issue’s theme of “Time,” we hope to inspire ques-
tions about God’s time, our own, and the picture of faith as it
grows through it. In “Embrace the Season You’re In,” Anna
Delamerced discusses appreciating the present as an under-
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graduate and medical student. In “Circles,” Hope McGovern
describes how God’s patience can break the cyclical patterns
of our lives. And pieces like “Good Creation” take us all the
way back to the beginning, tying it to our present and future.
Together, we hope that these pieces paint a powerful picture
of God’s power and promise throughout all of time. It’s not
always easy to grasp this big picture of the Gospel, especial-
ly in seasons of struggle. But those are the times in which it
is most crucial to remember it. So no matter your season,
whether you are in a time to weep or a time to laugh, we pray
that God speaks to you through these pages.
And now, it’s time for something much simpler: to close this
letter and let you browse the rest of the issue. A part of me
feels sentimental ending this, knowing that when I do, I also
end four semesters of one of the most engaging, challeng-
ing, and rewarding parts of my college life. But rest assured,
with the new staff on board, Cornerstone will be around for
a while. Our only hope is that our mission—to celebrate the
truth and beauty of the Gospel, for the believer and non-be-
liever alike—stays as timeless as the God who inspires it.
Thank you for four wonderful semesters, and happy reading!
Until next time,
Kathy Luo is a senior concentrating in English and Sociology.