Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Rummaging through some old files today, I found my Northwestern acceptance letter... 

Dear Chelsea:

Congratulations! The Admission Committee is delighted to inform you that you have been admitted to the five-year double-degree program in the School of Music and the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.

Serious consideration precedes our decision to admit a candidate. We admitted you because of your excellent record and your promise for future success. You are well qualified for admission to Northwestern, and we are confident you will make a significant contribution to the life of the University.

We are very proud of the Northwestern community and pleased that we can now invite you to become a part of it. This community nurtures scholarship, leadership and mutual respect. Our students thrive during their time here and go on to become leaders in their careers and communities. We are looking forward to your joining us in September and becoming a part of this important mission.

To accept your offer of admission, please review the enclosed companion letter, which details the steps you need to take in order to enroll. Please keep in mind that your admission is contigent upon the successful completion of your senior year academic program.

Once again, congratulations on your admission to Northwestern University. If we may be of any help to you during the next few months, please feel free to contact our office.

Sincerely Yours,

Director of Undergraduate Admission

As I was reading it, I couldn't help but think..."If God sent us an acceptance letter, how would it differ?"

Here's what I think it might look like...

Dear Daughter,

Welcome! I am delighted to inform you that you have been accepted into the eternal life program in the Kingdom of God.

I chose you before the foundation of the world. I admit you, not based on anything you have done. In fact, I admit you despite of your sinful self. It is by grace that you are saved. Not of your own doing, but a free gift of acceptance.

I am happy to adopt you into my family, my church. This community of believers has been called to grow into Christ and to build itself up in love, with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Its mission is to make my name known to every tribe, tongue, and nation. I do not guarantee you worldly success. If you desire to follow me, you must deny yourself and take up your cross. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.

To accept your offer of admission, you need only take two steps: repent and believe the good news. Please keep in mind that your admission is contingent upon the successful completion of my son's saving work on the cross.

Once again, welcome to the family. I have given you a Helper who will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. You can also feel free to contact me directly.

Forever your King,


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  1. Beautiful! What a profound thought! Thank you for sharing! Stoppin by via WLW :) www.simplyhelpinghim.com