Graduating Into The World

Who is wise among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. James 3:13-14

Lord, as our graduates go into the world, carrying our hopes and dreams and pursuing their own, help them find opportunities to use their talents, help others, and grow in wisdom.

Help them to seek lives of meaning and purpose rather than “the good life” of consumerism and exclusion.

Let their ideas, ideals, and energy help us rebuild our economy in more equitable and sustainable ways.

Help them use their networks and global awareness to build and connect communities in ways that help us find peace.

Help them to value life long learning and effort, yet practice independent thinking rather than relying on conventional wisdom.  Let no one take them captive “through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8).

Guide them O Lord, and help them to guide us.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

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