Congratulations to all of our graduates for your hard
work and achievements!
May is graduation month as people celebrate family
and friends who finish their work in grade school, middle school, high school,
college, graduate school, community college, and training programs of all types.
We typically think of graduation as having only to do
with school or specific training programs, however graduation is part of all
Graduation, from a Latin word meaning "step," applies
to life in general. Completing an approved curriculum of coursework is a
"step" as we move from one life focus to another, and is most easily seen as
people move from one level of school to the next. However, other steps,
such as a change in jobs, a new life venture, a life cycle change, or a loved
one transitioning from this life to the next are also forms of graduation.
We are all in the process of graduating as we take
the next step in our lives. We do not know what the next moment holds,
whether it be in our personal lives, in our families, in our church, in our
nation, in our world, or in all creation--graduation, moving through life step
by step is an act of courage and faith.
Of course not all change is graduation,
graduation implies direction and transformation as we live more fully and love
Graduations are processes of letting go of what has
been, experiencing grief and sadness as we leave the past behind, and moving
into the new and unknown.
I am not trying to minimize the pain of loss, however
I am trying to put it all into perspective as we look at our lives and realize
that whether the experience be our first child going to kindergarten, someone
heading off to college, or a loved one crossing over from this life to the next,
it is all about graduating, taking the next step as we trust the God of love to
be with us.
Therefore, I congratulate everyone as you "take the
next step" in living and loving. Whether that be completing formal
schooling or responding to God's invitation for a new direction in our lives, we
are all in the process of graduating and commencing.
Peace and Grace,