Over the weekend and across campus, ACU organizations and events took a moment for reflection and prayer over victims of Friday’s tragic car accident
Saturday night, before tip-off of the women’s basketball game, Eric Gumm, registrar and director of the First-Year Program and academic development, spoke a few words about the life of Lindsey Smith, the student killed in a car wreck Friday night. Smith’s photo was projected on the screen while he mentioned the other students involved in the accident, asking for individual prayers. Gumm closed with a reading from Revelation before the crowd in Moody Coliseum took a moment of silence.
The weekly Sunday night Nine O’Clock worship at University Church of Christ dedicated the service as a vigil and service of lament for the lost lives of Smith and Jeffrey Davis, the driver of the other vehicle. Students, ACU faculty, the Abilene community, as well as the family of Jeffrey Davis, filled the church. Three of the students in the accident, Eric Terrazas, junior Ad/PR major from Argyle, Bo Braddock, senior biology major from Deer Park, and Callie Kerbo, freshman marketing major from Murfreesboro, Tenn., sat together on the front row. Also front row, Dr. Schubert was in attendance, full of inspiring words for a sobbing sanctuary.
“It’s a long road ahead for all of us,” he said.
Braddock led everyone in Agnus Dei song from his second row seat and the service closed with a standing sanctuary singing to the hymn “It Is Well.”
“Sometimes God’s glory is most profound in the most difficult places of our lives, the place where we’re brought to our knees in weakness,” Schubert said.
“We can’t give way to the fear and loneliness… see this as a time where God’s glory will be revealed.”
Smith’s funeral will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 in New Braunfels. A memorial service for Smith is being organized by friends and family, a further testament of the ACU and Abilene community Schubert spoke of Sunday night.
“Thank you for your authenticity and the way you care about each other,” he said. “This community of relationships, love and support is amazing, unique and special.”