Congratulations to Suja Thomas and Scott Bahr, who tied the knot today. Suja has been a dear friend and colleague since joining the Cincinnati faculty eight years ago. She is that rare person who embodies incredible generosity, service to others, and commitment to the truth. She has challenged me in many ways over the years and, although it has not always been comfortable, I have grown as a result of knowing her. It has been a joy watching her flower these past few years, on both a professional and personal level.
It is no accident that Suja met her soulmate Scott serving on a mission trip with our church in South Africa. It was moving when Suja and Scott jointly read Mark 10:17-27 as their marriage pact:
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.' "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
It was a joyful yet bittersweet day, as Suja and Scott are leaving Cincinnati next month to begin their new lives at the University of lllinois. We will miss them both greatly.