For the past four years, I've had a final exam on my birthday.
Thank you for your sympathy.
Even if finals week didn't occur on the same week of my birthday, I think I would still look back on these times with a small tinge of sorrow. Finals week always left me on edge and anxious. It was the week of waking up in the middle of the night from stress dreams in which I slept through the big test. It was the week in which I counted the cost and decided that a good grade was more important than my health. It was also the week of experiencing euphoria once I was completely finished.
There's a line in the video below that says, "If I'm supposed to love God with all of my mind, and He commands me to find rest in Him, then shouldn't Shalom be in my studies too?" I don't think I ever quite caught on to that.
I'm praying that you experience peace this week, but even more than that, I am praying that you see the eternal significance of your studies. As you approach this week, surrounded by people who are hurting and enveloped in a culture that makes it easy to forsake them, I'm praying that you would instead live for what lasts.
Go Bears. Beat Finals.