Today, I am heading out to my nephew’s graduation from college. He’s one of those kids that had a firm goal of graduating in 4 years and heading off to medical school right after. I know that I am not like him in that way. I bounced around colleges trying to find myself and my voice which also continued into seminary. I finally graduated from Oberlin College and started my next journey in seminary and ordination. I think many today have different roads in life. We don’t fit the normal linear way of doing things, and I think that speaks highly of our perseverance and the need to find ourselves. Blessings on all those who are graduating this year!
Scripture: John 22-30 The Message Bible
22-24 They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”
25-30 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by God, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. God who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and God are one heart and mind.”