Today was my graduation. When God first called me to return to school for ministry, I will admit I was hesitant. As time passed, I understood that He would see me graduate but I never considered that I would be given the title of Salutatorian and would have the opportunity to give the Benediction. As Ephesians says, God provides immeasurably more than we could ever imagine. God continues to amaze me.
Don’t underestimate God or limit what God can do in your life. Remember that He promises immeasurably more than we can imagine. I went from not considering returning to school, to applying and getting accepted, to considering if I could graduate, to considering what to write for the Benediction and what to wear for graduation. We don’t stay right where we are at–there is always change happening. We are either moving more toward God and what He has for us or we are moving in the opposite direction. Keep moving toward Him and be expectant of Him working in incredible ways in your life.
Here’s the Benediction I delivered at the Commencement Ceremony today. It is my prayer that you will make this prayer your own. You will also find a video clip containing the Benediction as well.
Commencement Ceremony Benediction
Let us pray.
Thank You Father for bringing us to this very moment,
which is not an ending but a new beginning.
Thank You for Your goodness, for Your promises,
for Your faithfulness, for Your Word.
You hold all things together.
Thank You for providing us all that we have needed to make it here today
May Your grace shine upon my fellow graduates.
May You protect those who have gathered here today to celebrate with us.
May You continue to make Your Presence be known among us.
May our hearts be open.
May our eyes be focused.
May our ears be listening to Your voice.
Lord, continue to use each one of us for Your Kingdom.
Where there is hatred, may we bring love.
Where there is darkness, may we bring light.
Where there is error, may we bring truth.
As You lead us forward on another journey
Remind us of what is good.
Help us to seek justice, to love mercy, to walk humbly with You Lord.
Now, may we move onward in peace.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
To Him be all the glory.
In Jesus’ name.
[Note: see St. Francis of Assisi, Colossians 3:17, Micah 6:8]