A Move into Adulthood

This morning as I scrolled through Facebook I saw pictures galore of amazing young men and women dressed for prom. This is graduation week for many. Such a sense of accomplishment which is paired no doubt with some apprehension. High school is over and now a new chapter begins. Some are headed off to another round of school, others are taking up jobs and perhaps moving out on their own for the first time. Whatever tomorrow holds this is also a move into adulthood with different responsibilities and new adventures.

In the book of Ecclessiastes chapter three we find these words:
” what do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the business that the Divine has given to humanity. Everything has been made beautiful in its time and eternity has been set in our hearts yet we cannot fathom from the beginning to the end. I do know that there is nothing better than for us to be happy and do good while we live. we should eat and drink and take pleasure in all our toil for this is the divine gift”

For those who are graduating this week I offer these words to you as you move into this part of your journey. There are so many possibilities that lie just beyond the horizon waiting for you to discover. My prayer for each of you is that you will step out in faith, be willing to risk, and embrace what life has to offer. May you have strength for the difficult parts of the journey and the courage to be all that you are created to be.

For those of you who are not graduating but perhaps facing a different transition I offer these words as reminder that life, despite the difficulties, is good. May you have the strength to see beyond the dark times and to embrace the light that is divine gift. May you be open to the surprises that come with the dawn of each new day and may you be all that you are created to be.


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