Remembered: Jason Oswald, Wheaton College friend, class of 1994

I got to know Jason – the stealthy, hard hitting, intense playing volleyball player – on our team in the 1992-1993 season. There is a deep sense of brokenness again of not being able to reach out to him either nor see him at the Wheaton Homecoming Reunion Jodi and I just attended.

On Jodi’s and my trip to NYC for the bank, I have been working through journal entries on work and vocation and how the gospel transforms the brokenness of our work and gives us hope. These two quotes have become two of my favorite.

  • Fruitlessness of work is defined: “We mean that, in all our work, we will be able to envision far more than we can accomplish, both because of a lack of ability and because of resistance in the environment around us. The experience of work will include pain, conflict, envy, and fatigue, and not all our goals will be met.”
  • “Work will be both frustrating and fulfilling, and sometimes—just often enough—human work gives us a glimpse of the beauty and genius that might have been the routine characteristic of all our work, and what, by the grace of God, it will be again in the new heavens and new earth.”

Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor

I wish Jason could have experienced more fullness from his vocation and the work to which God called him, and I am thankful that the broken will one day be undone by Christ and Jason/we will experience work perfectly as it was meant to be.

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