The LCU Board of Trustees held a dedication ceremony this morning to thank God for His providence since the beginning of the university, and to petition for His continued blessings for LCU’s future. An Ebenezer Stone was erected in the mall area between the Library and Administration Building for this occasion, with the inscription, “In gratitude for God’s unending faithfulness, the LCU Board of Trustees places this Ebenezer stone and dedicates this university to His purposes. Dedicated on April 25, 2014. 'The Lord has helped us every step of the way.' I Samuel 7:12"
The board decided to place something tangible on the LCU campus to not only serve as reminder of all God has done, but to publicly announce that LCU has not developed by her own will, but by the blessings of God.
President Tim Perrin reminded the crowd of the spiritual giants who put their trust in God and raised a stone in remembrance. Samuel took a stone in 1 Samuel 7:12 after God helped the Israelites defeat the Philistines, and Jacob set up a stone in Genesis 28:18 as a memorial pillar of God’s promise.
“We follow the example of Samuel and Jacob today. We take this stone and we set it upright as our own Ebenezer, our own memorial pillar,” says President Perrin at the ceremony. “The stone reminds us of the sacrificial commitment of those who labored here before us; the many minds that have been shaped, the many hearts that have been softened, and the many lives that have been changed here because of God’s active presence on this campus.”
The LCU Praise Choir sang “Be Thou My Vision,” a song composed by chemistry professor Dr. Byron Rogers, prior to the stone’s reveal. After the Ebenezer Stone was unveiled to the crowd of faculty, staff, students, and friends of LCU, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jerry Harris, gave a prayer of thanksgiving, and chair of strategic leadership committee of the Board of Trustees, Al Roberts, gave a prayer of blessing and dedication. Those who gathered sang “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing” to conclude the ceremony.