Another Graduation Prayer - 2016

I was asked to give the benediction at another graduation this evening. Here's how it went:

Another Prayer and Benediction for Graduation 2016

 “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground…His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 147.5-6, 10-11).

“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5.8-11).

Remember whose you are, who you are and why you are! Let us pray:

Almighty God, who is unimpressed by our achievements, advancements and accolades, but takes pleasure when your people trust you and hope in your steadfast love: May your hand be upon these young adults for good; guiding them in their adventures, excursions, and expeditions. Cause those good things that have been handed-off to them to flourish in them. As they meet new situations, new conditions, new ways of thinking, give them discerning eyes and discriminating hearts to know what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy; and then to have the resilience and tenacity to hold to those things. As their parents enter this new period of time when now their little ones are launching out as adults, help them to see better how to be the parents of their adult children; the new ways of relating, guiding, encouraging; and help them to find satisfaction in it. And bring all of us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Now, to all you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible (Ephesians 6.24), stand and receive the LORD’s blessing: “The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13); in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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