A Graduation Prayer

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For anyone embarking on a new adventure,

this prayer is for you.

For anyone witnessing a loved one transitioning to something new,

this prayer is for you.

For those uncertain about the future,

or where your path will take you,

this prayer is for you.

For anyone who has wondered where God is calling them,

this prayer is for you.

 

It’s a season of both letting go and holding on,

the season of remembering what was,

and looking forward to what will be.

A season forcing us to look back at where we’ve been,

And the people and places who have shaped us.

 

In this season of letting go and holding on,

remember the love of God.

The God who formed you and counts the hairs on your head,

the God who dwells in you,

whose Spirit gives you strength and courage.

The God who calls you a beloved child.

 

In this season of letting go and holding on,

remember the radical love of Jesus.

Jesus who loves you as you are,

who knows the pain and fear you experience,

who walked with the lonely and forsaken,

who took his love for the world to the cross,

to bring us all to new life.

 

In this season of letting go and holding on,

remember the presence of the Spirit,

who infuses hope in your days,

nourishes your parched soul,

and gathers others to be your community and support.

 

In these days of joy and fear,

remember you are not alone.

Your path may seem clear, or perhaps uncertain,

yet either way you walk,

and even in the steps that may feel foreign or backwards,

you do not go alone.

 

Go forth and love.

Go forth in love.  

Remember your name: God’s beloved.

 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website: http://kimberlyknowlezeller.com or follow her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyKnowleZeller/  

 

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