october 11, 2013


Thomas Wolfe wrote of life’s trials and reflections in his book You Can’t Go Home Again. The irony sinks into his character,  George Webber, as he pens, “Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement. At any rate, that is how it seemed to young George Webber, who was never so assured of his purpose as when he was going somewhere on a train. And he never had the sense of home so much as when he felt that he was going there. It was only when he got there that his homelessness began.”

Regardless Wolfe’s title, it’s HOMECOMING at WBU Plainview - sports, homecoming queen, food, friends, alumni, and memories (old and new).

Thankfully Wolfe is wrong. You CAN go home again; you CAN always find a sense of home at WBU. Regardless the campus, regardless the changes, the connections remain. You Can Always Come Home to Wayland.

In like measure, we can always come home to God. One of the most exciting things about the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 occurs when the son returns home “…his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) No matter where we have been or what we have done, God runs to meet us when we turn towards him. He longs to embrace us and restore us.

Wayland is a place where restoration is found. I thank those who have welcomed, restored, and embraced me here at WBU. May we be quick to follow God’s lead and run to welcome others home to Wayland and to Christ.

[FYI – college students prove Wolfe wrong each weekend as they return home, often with laundry and appetites]


Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance