Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bread for the Journey

 Commencement”


June is the month of graduation for many students who have completed their final year of high school. 
Last night I had the privilege of attending my granddaughter's Commencement ceremony.
Each graduate had their moment on centre stage.  
Their achievements, awarded bursaries, scholarships were noted as well as their plans for the future or their goals, the presentation of their diplomas and an official photo. 
The valediction, well chosen for his oratory skills, pointed out that the word Commencement did not indicate the 'end' of something but rather the 'beginning'.  
There was also a theme of 'freedom' - freedom from school rules, homework, exams, etcetera, 
They could now embrace the freedom of choosing their own life path; 
decisions, choices would be their own.   

As I sat listening and watching I realized how this paralleled another 'graduation' facing all of us. 
One day we will 'graduate' from this earthly life 
and people will gather to remember our journey. 
We call the service a funeral, or a memorial or celebration of life.... 
but I have never heard it called a commencement. 

And yet, would that not be an appropriate name ? 
Death is not the end of life but the commencement of a new life, 
one that is eternal. 
If we have lived this life well, made the right choices, accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, 
we will have our moment before God and He will acknowledge our earthly journey.
Will we hear the words... 
   'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'
Mat 25:23

A highlight moment for me last night was a visual expression of the excitement of the graduates.
The valedictorian ended his speech with a wave of his arm toward his fellow grads and shouted, 
"The grad class of 2014!"

A deafening cheer rose from the  447 graduates as they threw their caps high into the air. 

I visualize a coming moment when eternity shall commence 
and multitudes, in white robes, standing before the throne of God 
will throw their crowns at Jesus' feet
in celebration of joy! 

   "The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne......"  
Rev 4:10

6 comments:

  1. Yes! Even at the grave we make our song, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Thank you for these words.

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  2. Thank you for this post, we just celebrated the life of my grandmother. My daughter, however, kept asking, "Is today Great Grandma's graduation?" And I thought the same thing you wrote, yes it is her graduation from this life into the presence of the Lord!

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  3. Agreed! So well written, and so true. I've often pictured my 18 year old son, who passed away a few months after his high school commencement, coming into heaven with his big smile and expression of eager anticipation. When I read your post, I can see him with his 'commencement robes', sailing his grad cap into the air. Yes, it is celebration time for him.

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  4. Julie, so well said. We are headed off to help in Kindergarten SS and the story is the one you mentioned in that verse, about being found faithful with what we each have been given. It's a day we cannot imagine! I like how you compared this. Beautiful photo too!

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  5. "Face to face with Christ my Savior, face to face, what will it be......when with rapture I behold Him, Jesus Christ who died for me." What a glorious future we Born Again Christians have to look forward to. And a life spent sharing Him with others is a life well spent! Bless you richly and thank you for your wonderful sharing.

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  6. Just what I needed for inspiration in this grad season! Thanks!

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