A few weeks ago, I was asked to lead the prayer of invocation at the graduation ceremony of the Steinbach Regional Secondary School.
Since there were over 400 grads (and about 2000 people in the auditorium), I was given one minute. No pressure or anything.
So this is what I said:
For the gift of this place, this space, these grads and their families, we give you thanks.
We ask for your blessing on each and every graduating student today. May they find what makes them come alive and live in that reality, the glory of God is a human fully alive. But may your blessing be not for them only, but rather a blessing for them so that they can turn around and be a blessing to the world.
Wherever they go, may they live their lives as gifts to be freely given, and may they offer much grace and much peace to all they meet: their families, their friends, their communities, their enemies, the ‘least of these’, and all their neighbours, both near and far.
Grace and peace to them all.
So, was it worth the two hour drive, the ten bucks in parking, and sitting through a grad ceremony of 400 kids, (if you’ve never been to one, they’re not exactly the pinnacle of excitement), just for a one minute prayer?
For the chance to say the words “grace and peace”, and the chance to state our blessings are not only for us and our communities, but for our enemies and ‘least of these’, my answer is an unequivocal, “Yes.”