Alexis Barnhart is an InterVarsity Campus Staff Minister at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College in eastern Pennsylvania. She is a writer and avid tea-drinker and enjoys walking alongside students as they discover their voice inside God’s story of redemption. You can support her ministry by visiting givetoiv.org/AlexisBarnhart.
I am keenly aware that our bodies have absorbed a gauntlet of grief throughout this traumatic year. And some of us, for the first time since March 2020, are stepping onto campuses that have been closed for over a year. How then, when we are committed to seeing God’s kingdom come on campus, do we enter NSO well?
Sometimes it feels like we live in the Matrix. These days, what’s real or simulated blurs into confusion. We’re Zoom Zombies submerged in social media, navigating the news as we confront new constrictions.
After a decade of chronic illness, I’ve learned how my body and heart speak the same language. The pain in my head tells of the twist in my heart. I’m still sleepless—mind, body, and soul. I wonder if your new realities feel sleepless, too?