faith & family
For I was hungry, and you fed me.
I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.
I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.
I was naked, and you gave me clothing.
I was sick, and you cared for me.
I was in prison, and you visited me ...
when you did it to one of the least
of these my brothers and sisters,
you were doing it to me.
– Matthew 25:34-46
Jesus … my hope in life
In my senior year of college, I met a wonderful girl. I poured my whole life into her. After graduating in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, I left for the University of Illinois for my PhD. But I couldn't stay away. In just two semesters at Illinois, I returned to West Virginia about 20 times to see her. She got a job in West Virginia, and so I decided to return to Carnegie Mellon for graduate school – fairly sure that I was throwing away any chance at my dream job of Professor. But after just 1½ years, she broke off the relationship. And I learned first-hand what it means to have your heart broken. That’s when I learned about Jesus. I picked up my Bible – I’m not even sure why – and just reading the words that would change my course forever – gentle words that spoke to my broken heart, and powerful words that promised me a future. And I came to see that breaking the relationship with the girl was best for both of us; it did in fact take a lot of courage and wisdom for her to end it.
Within a few years, God brought into my path the love of my life, who soon became my amazing wife Stephanie. We were married in October 1999. We have two wonderful girls, Lauren and Sabrina. And in the end, God did indeed call me to a professorship at Penn State, with a plan for my life.
My hope in Jesus Christ. It's what helps me wake up every day ready to change the world. It’s what makes me hungry for life. How I love to tell the story!
My 3 girls and me near Ocean City NJ (2012 August)