Now it is a time of grand celebration! Our graduates are on the cusp between a work coming to completion and a new work begun. Though there is much to be thankful for, our 2020 graduates have been deeply affected by COVID-19. During this unprecedented time, they need our support and encouragement like never before. We should take a moment to honor our graduates and uphold all the emotions they might be feeling at this time!
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Upon entering freshman year, the dream of graduation looked nothing like this! It is okay to be disappointed at this moment.
With the economic uncertainty, colleges reinventing their learning strategies, and not knowing what the future looks like, it is okay to be afraid at this moment.
With the unusual way the school year ended, and the vast open space of the future, it is okay to feel lost at this moment.
Friendships that have been made distant by the stay-home orders may be even more distant as you move into new experiences. It’s okay to feel sad at this moment.
Many have lost loved ones, and their absence at this time will deeply felt. It is okay to mourn at this moment.
Mistakes will have been made, and due to the circumstances, they may be unable to be corrected. It is okay to have regrets at this moment.
What’s done; is done. It is okay to forgive at this moment.
…we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts… Romans 5:3-5
You had a dream and lived it; you had a goal and accomplished it, so also, at this moment, it is more than okay to celebrate!
Because God is God, and God is good! God has your past, your present, and your future. He cares about your hopes and dreams.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11