Life Goes On…

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:

Dear [graduate],

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…

About a fellow sojourner

a sojourner in life, trying to follow in the steps of Jesus.
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3 Responses to Life Goes On…

  1. Cecil Walker says:

    I’m 2 years behind (I might have said this already) you and I can remember those games of “horsey.”

    May God bless Matt as he starts this new phase of his life.

    May He also be with all of us as we see our kids grow up to be young men and women.

    Gotta wipe away a tear.

  2. Greg England says:

    Yes … life goes on, but the future chapters are just as exciting as the former ones! Congrats to Matt. I’m glad your church honors the grads. We only have two this year, but we’re having a special fellowship on June 3. I think!

  3. Good point, Greg, regarding the future chapters, that is. Thanks for stopping by. God bless.

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