Barbara Ihrke

Good tidings to you from the School of Nursing!

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-

(2 Timothy 2:1, NIV)

Our SON faculty, administration, and staff pray for our students.  Our potential students.  Our current students.  And our alumni.  We commonly pray for the families and the future of those God puts in our path. Yet, this holiday season, I pray for the present. 

As I reflect on the birth of Christ, I think about the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  I think about the intense discomfort faced while walking the long path in the last days of pregnancy.  As many mothers await the day of finally “meeting” their child upon delivery, I realize Mary walked this difficult path to “meet” Our Savior for the first time.

I often find myself on the road to Bethlehem in Spirit.  In my humanness, I experience great discomfort and heaviness when I am not communing with Jesus.  Life is strenuous and burdens are weighty – a commonality we all share.  This season I seek to be intentional in laying my burdens and my cares at His feet; where I allow myself moments to experience His Sovereignty – moments to experience His Peace. 

Many of you may find yourself heavy laden on this same road.  You may be on a rough path and experiencing difficult trials.  During this holiday season, I invite you to join me in the process of meeting the Savior, born to us of the Virgin Mary.  For some, this may be a first-time encounter; for others, a well-needed reunion.  I encourage you to commit time, perhaps during a break at work or at home in the dark quietness of Christmas lights, to confess your burdens.  Lay them at the feet of Our Savior.  I pray you experience His Sovereignty and comfort knowing you are not in this world alone – for unto us a Savior has been born. 

May you experience the true meaning of having a Savior this Season. 


In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world. – Jesus

(John 16:33, NIV)


Blessings to you and yours,

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Dr. Barbara A. Ihrke, Vice President of Academic Affairs
IWU School of Nursing

School of Nursing

Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953

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Last updated: 12/02/2016