A Blessing For Graduates

Here in the midst of graduation season, I think it is important for we who follow Jesus as disciples to take a moment to thank God for our graduates.  It is also fitting that we pronounce a blessing over them as they move from one stage of life’s journey to the next.

For all who are in these days marking the significant transition that is graduation, may God continue to watch over and guide you…now and forever.  Wherever you go in life, my prayer is that Central Presbyterian Church will always be a source of blessing and a safe resting place for you.

Here are a couple of prayers/blessings for graduates.  Please use them freely:

“Today we celebrate what you have become at this moment in time. And so we pray, God of our beginnings…

We thank you for the gifts of these graduates; their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity, their open speech and encouraging words.

Their contributions have blessed and challenged us, and we have become a richer and more diverse community because of them.

As they step forward into the world that awaits, comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence.

Strengthen their resolve to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit.

Guide their feet as they move through life, protecting them from the pitfalls of darkness while they help to lead future generations into the warmth and promise of your light.

We ask this blessing upon each of them. AMEN!”

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love this day, and forever more. Amen.”

(Adapted from a Franciscan Blessing – Wofford College)

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