TRANSFORMATION. Fall 2017/Spring 2018 - Page 6

Letter from the Editor Kathy Luo Dear reader, Welcome to another issue of Cornerstone! To be honest, being able to say "another" feels strange. I'm writing this as I end my junior fall at Brown, and like everyone will tell you, it went by so quickly. Without our notice, day to day becomes week to week, then month to month, and eventually, year to year. Christians say that the moment you choose God, your life will never be the same. How then do we explain the way we float through it? I wrestled with this dissonance for a long time. My pursuit of God didn’t bear any similarity to the miraculous con- version stories I heard about in church; I didn’t have a great en- counter that changed my perspective on faith forever. Instead, I grew so slowly that I often questioned if I was growing at all. I would wonder if God was disappointed in me for my lack of vigor, or temporary bouts of it, only to lose it again. But in this state of tedium there’s a strange paradox. C.S. Lewis had a nice way of putting it: “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is differ- ent...”. I think transformation often works like this. After re- flecting on the past two years of college, I’ve realized that the daily events and challenges my life have amounted to more than the sum of their parts. There have been spiritual lows, spiritual highs, a plethora of days that cruised closer to the median. But through it all, I’ve grown—and to my surprise, so has my faith. I’ve learned that even when nothing makes sense to me, God knows the ways in which He is molding me with certainty. And that is my version of transformation. The process is unique for all of us. Perhaps some of you have had that miraculous event in your life that brought you closer to God (I have to say, even though I’ve accepted the nature of my walk, I’m still a little jealous). For others, change could have been a step-by-step journey. You may be undergoing change at this very moment, with or without an understanding of God’s place in it. To accompany you on this walk, the theme of this issue is Transformation. In these pages, we have pieces deal- ing with identity seeking, instability in the church, even fresh thoughts on age-old fundamentals like the Old Testament and the Trinity. Considering change in any of these contexts can be intimidating. But in that consideration, there is also tremendous opportunity for beautiful transformations—and I pray that some of these words may encourage you in that journey. 4 Spring 2018 And of course, for those who feel like life is pretty stable right now: the absence of transformation may not be a bad thing. As a final note before sending you forward, let us remember that the feeling of sameness does not necessarily mean dullness. A certain thought has kept me going recently: that in some ways, a life that steadily continues may be the greatest testament any of us could have to God’s steady hand over it. That thought does shake a little bit of the stupor out of my life, even in the small, daily things. It’s yet another paradox: that something so constant can be the very force that changes everything. Changing but remaining, Kathy Luo, Editor-in-Chief