Congrats To the Graduates of 2009
Graduation is more than just a time of celebration for accomplishment in education, it is a time for us to bless and encourage our young in Christ. We desire to help ease the transitions and to help you grow in your faith, stay connected, and adapt gracefully.
While there are those who would not want you to know it, God has a plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Your future is as bright as the promises of God.
Whatever challenges you encounter, God has promised to help you. When your faith is tested or circumstances are uncertain, you can rest confident in the promises from God’s Word. Read His Word often, meditate on His Word, let His Word soak into your spirit. And then, with God as your perfect companion, every adventure of your life will be better than you ever imagined.
Just think, you’re not here by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else, you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.
There is no one else like you. You have gifts that only you can give the world—blessings others can only receive through you. The Lord loves you passionately because you are His creation, for His delight and glory. You are special, you are loved, you are YOU—and the world is blessed to have you in it!
We are proud of you as you graduate and go forward to face the challenges of this world. We pray for you, both now and in your future. Many would say, “You can’t pray for the graduates.” Every year about this time, the American Civil Liberties Union and others threaten to bring lawsuits against any school that allows students to share their faith or pray at graduation. The Liberty Counsel has launched the Friend or Foe campaign to help students and faculty recognize their rights and responsibilities. The ground rules are simple: Any prayer that is student-initiated and student-led is perfectly legal. So I would not only encourage others to pray for you but for you to pray yourselves, yes even at your graduation ceremony!
And, I have a prayer for you. My prayer for you is that God will use all things in your life and work them together for good…that tough times will strengthen your faith…that good times will keep you grateful that prosperous times will enrich your giving, Through all of LIFE may you continue to grow into the man or woman that GOD desires you to be.