This Sunday my church family will be recognizing our high school graduates. We have six this year. This is a big day for us. We have a wonderful time at the luncheon following our worship gathering, especially when we get to view the slide show featuring the honorees, which is put together by our youth workers. Also, as has been the custom for decades, the graduates will be recognized during our worship time. Our shepherds lay hands on them and pray over them and will present them with Bibles, which I have just finished inscribing. This is what the inscription says:
We congratulate you for reaching this significant milestone in your life. As you enter this new phase of life, we charge you to remain true to the Lord, letting the Scriptures guide all your steps.
We also urge you to remember that "the Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring you to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that you may enter into Him, that you may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of God, Himself, in the core and center of your heart." (A.W. Tozier)
It concludes with the exhortation from Proverbs 3:5-6…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will make your paths straight.
This is always a highlight in our year. It is especially poignant for my wife and me, since our son Matt is amongst the honorees. I remember, like it was yesterday, him cackling with laughter and saying, “Let’s play horsey, Daddy.” Now he’s getting ready to get on his horse and ride off into the sunset. Well, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but you get the point. Life goes on…