Today I would like to address all the graduates out there. As I read and attend the many graduation services going on I would like to take the time to offer words of encouragement and hope to those graduates and their families.
Before your were even formed the creator knew you. Your parents gave you life through the grace and love of the almighty. You may not have seen eye to eye in your everyday situations with your family, but they stood by you with faith and love, knowing that someday you will feel what they have felt for you all along and that was love. Your parents watching you graduate from kindergarten with that graduation cap that your teacher had you make for that very special day. Making your way through school with challenges and joys, proms, sports games, music recitals, spelling bees and much more. The times when you graduated from riding the bus to receiving your drivers license and a car and the many nights your parents waited up for you.
Yes you did it, you have come to the point of graduation. On to a new venture. For some college or trade school, others military and others traveling the world to explore or just taking time to find yourself and your way. Many of you were given bibles from your church or families on this momentous occasion. Take it with you, take time to read and reflect on what life is all about and what your creator wishes for you. No matter what your plans are or where you are going know that the God will be with you always. You may at times fall away from your church or Bible readings but I assure you, God will always be there waiting for you when you come back. When you fall on times of trial on your journey remember the bible that was given to you and that loving church person who was there to always wish you well with words of encouragement. I encourage you to read these words from Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
So, I wish for you all the best that life can offer to you. Grab hold of it, go for it and be who and what you want to be. Remember to always love, be kind, be gracious and not judgmental, give and pray for the world and all those around you. Your family, clergy and church are always there for you and God is always a pray away. So no fancy words today, but just remember the Love of God is with you today and always. May grace find you this day and I congratulate you on a job well done. Peace and grace to you this day.
The Rev. Kathy L. Reese is the pastor at the Bleecker and North Bush United Methodist Churches.