As a medical student, you will soon come to understand intimately that the human body, in all its fleshly beauty and complexity, is a stage on which an age-old battle is playing out. You will be reminded that your days are a mere handbreadth, and in the moments you find you have come to the limits of your own ability, turn your eyes upon the Good Shepherd. Remember that you were knit together in your mother’s womb, and that even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Take the time to treasure your fellow travelers on this journey, and learn how to give an answer for the hope that you have and to love others with the love given to you. Seek out community through WashU’s Christian Medical Association and the many local churches, and take advantage of the Global Missions Health Conference held in early November. You are on an adventure that will alternately or simultaneously fill you with fear and wonder, but be at peace, for the author of our lives will bring the story to completion.