Posts Tagged ‘graduation’

Learning and Wisdom

May 24, 2009

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse . . . Pr. 2:12

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding, for wisdom is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Pr. 3:13-14.

Lord, bless our institutions of higher learning.  We thank you for the knowledge they preserve, the ideas they spark, and the spaces they provide for thinking. Help them to survive the economic and political pressures that promote credentialism over more rigorous thinking and constrain a fuller dialogue on difficult issues. Help our country place a higher value on intelligence and education, and use the resources it has to translate research into the solutions our communities need.  Help our students develop a greater love of learning and also strength of character as they study principles, data, and consequences.  Both during their time at school and as they move into the working world, give our youth the confidence to contribute their unique perspectives, experiences, and knowledge, as well as the humility to continue learning. Let them find advisors and mentors who support and encourage yet also provoke new thought and achievement, for we know “with many advisors their plans will succeed” (Pr. 15:22).  Yet let us not forget that true wisdom comes from you. And as our graduates enter the working world, do not let them be discouraged, nor become overconfident, but help them look to you for guidance that they may in finding their own paths help us find ours.

Amen

Graduating Into The World

May 17, 2009

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.