Readings: Acts 1:12-26, 1 John 5:9-15, John 17:11b-19
Our family spent the week celebrating our daughter’s graduation from ASU. One thing that struck me was the great variety of graduates…all sizes, ages and ethnicities, majors and minors and interests. Some were the first in their family to go to college, some were beginning graduate school soon, some were leaving America for fellowships abroad, some were ready to start new careers, some were cheered by their young children, and at least one was in his 80s and surrounded by his proud grandchildren. All were excited, and the families were joyful and proud. So much hope filled the stadium with so many intelligent and creative people ready to do their part to better the world. The top academic students were asked to stand and large groups were applauded in each distinction. (I have to brag, our daughter was one of those brilliant summa cum laude grads). It was impressive to see hundreds of bright people with so much possibility and so much enthusiasm. Jesus prayed in John 17 for His disciples, and I’d like to join Him in that prayer for all the Christian grads that are ready to take on the world: My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. Into the world they go, in our hearts they stay, and in God’s Truth they will shine!
Blessings to them, and you,