Today's Lectionary Text
Once “Pomp and Circumstance” begins to play
I remember the very day you were born
And when we finally heard a cry so weak
I remember your baptism day when
The years of jokes coming out of nowhere
As the band leads the graduates out
Life is full of threshold moments. Some major ones include baptism, confirmation, graduations, wedding, birth, career changes, and the big one one of leaving this earth for eternal life. Last weekend was graduation day in the Omaha and Millard school systems. We celebrate our own graduates from Saint Paul, and it is wonderful to hear the parting words from one, “See you at church!”
You may be celebrating one of these moments in your life, too. There are expectations that people will do things in a prescribed order but often that doesn’t occur. Life can take us on an unexpected trajectory and that’s what makes each lifespan unique and beautiful.
One of the most memorable baptisms I was asked to perform was for a 92-year woman. She lay in a hospital bed and a nurse stood by as a witness. Even though her family didn’t understand her desire, she had always wanted to be baptized and she decided this was the time.
Graduations stir up all kinds of special memories of good times and sharing of struggles. Although we could never have guessed the first eighteen years of this year’s graduates’ lives, it’s fun to imagine what their lives might be like in the future. All that we really know is that their lives will be full of twists and turns, there will be happy times and difficult ones, choices will be made, and their strengths will be revealed as time goes on.
-Rev. Marta Wheeler
Prayer for Reflection
I pray that all of us know that we belong to God and prayerfully listen to how God is working in our lives. Let’s celebrate the path we are on and support one another in love.
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