Prayer for the 2015 Graduates

5/9/2015

Bishop Jonathan Keaton offering prayerDear Lord,
          We raise our voices once again to say “thank you.”   Graduation Day is no longer a dream, a fantasy or hope deferred.  It’s a dream fulfilled.  Proverbs calls the dream “a tree of life.”  For family and friends who provided unrelenting support, we thank you.  For faculty and administration who expected high academic achievement and good citizenship, we thank you.  For life lessons learned inside and outside the classroom, we thank you.  For triumphs attained and troubles overcome resulting in value added, we thank you.  Likewise, Dr. Luke offers a praiseworthy testimony regarding the value of education in his gospel.  (Luke 2:52)  “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and humankind.”  
          So we offer this charge to the 2015 graduates.  Forge ahead.  Make this world a better place.  Face trouble and violence with faith, good will, love for God and neighbor.  Take care of yourself.  Make good choices.  Forgive others as you would like to be forgiven.  Remember from whence you’ve come.  Don’t ever, ever forget God.  As cap, gown and tassel signify your graduation this day; so may the rest of your life, light the path for all God’s children.  All these things and more we ask, in the name of Jesus.  Amen.   

Photo by Susan J. Meister, Lebanon Advertiser