My husband and I drove up to my hometown this weekend to celebrate my younger sister, Dee’s, graduation.
All of my siblings were there: Bob came from Vegas, Joe, Ashley, and Olivia came from Arkansas, and everyone else lives in town. It’s been quite a while since we were all together at once.
We caught up on what’s going on in our lives and spent some good time together. We were up pretty late on Friday going through old pictures for Dee’s photo board. We were all really cute kids, and we all had at least one awkward stage.
The graduation party was on Saturday, and there were a lot of people that came to celebrate Dee.
And today was the graduation ceremony. At church this morning, the pastor prayed for the graduates. Everyone in the congregation stretched out a hand towards them. I hope at least one of them opened their eyes during that and saw the army that would be praying for them in the next stage of life. There is just something amazing about being among other believers and praying in unity.
The ceremony was this afternoon. I, surprisingly, didn’t cry, but I came close a couple times.
For my sister and the many other seniors who are graduating or have graduated this year, this is my prayer for you:
Father, I pray that these young men and women would know you in such a deep and personal way that their faith would be unshakeable. Give them purpose beyond a title, paycheck, or degree. Give them eyes to see the wounds that others carry and words to speak life into them. Make them to be compassionate world changers who fight for justice and truth. In the midst of hardship, keep their hearts soft. Thank you that you go before them and prepare a way. Bless all they put their hands to.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
P.s. Happy Birthday, Hannah!!