Apr 7, 2017

A Prayer at Graduation

Here’s a prayer for graduation written from the perspective of graduating students. I found it on the Busted Halo website.

Prayer at Graduation

God of joy and hope,
we thank you for this time of graduation.
Your spirit of wisdom has empowered
our hard work and discipline in such a way
that our hunger for learning has been nourished
with knowledge, discovery, creativity, and determination.

As we prepare to walk across the stage to receive our diplomas,
let us walk in prayerful gratitude for the many blessings
that have made this moment real and filled with great potential.

In gratitude, we pray for our families
and the many who have sacrificed and worked
to see us to this hopeful moment.

In gratitude, we pray for the professors and administrators
who have challenged, cared, and crafted us along this academic journey.

In gratitude, we pray for fellow students
who have taught us more about friendship,
collaboration, and sharing.

God, even as we have faced challenges and accomplished much,
we understand that our lives move into a new chapter
where there will be more challenges to face
and more will be demanded of us
in order to accomplish good things.
May your grace cover our anxieties and fears
so that we may stay encouraged about the future.

Give us patience and hope to energize our search
for work that is just and makes proper use of our gifts.

Give us courage to face the challenges
of carving out a place in society
where we might live in peace, service, and gratitude.

Give us strength to resist the temptations
of greed, laziness, pride, and envy
as we strive to do and be our best.

May your spirit guide us as we unfold the next chapters of our lives.
Help us to enliven hope in the world
and bring good things to Your Kingdom.
And, may this celebration be a reflection
of the blessings that we find in knowing and loving you.
For this is the day that the Lord has made.
We are glad and rejoice in it! Amen.