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Old Cowbelle: Graduation - Opening New Doors

High school graduation is the end of one thing and the beginning of many others. It's actually leaving childhood behind and venturing out into the adult world. So many choices to make; so many decisions involved.

It's kind of like they are closing one door and passing through another, not really knowing what they will find on the other side of it.

I keep all these young people in my prayers for their future. What will it hold for them? Hopefully, continuing their education, but some may choose a job if they can find one available that they would like to work at.

But it is in reality the "beginning of the rest of their lives." Pretty much time to grow up. I am sure some hate to leave the "fun" years in high school and some are thinking, "glad that childishness is over."

The Bible verse from 1st Corinthians 13:11 says it all: "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man/woman, I put childish ways behind me."

The things that seem so very important during the high school years, like competing in sports, cheerleading, being popular, kind of fade into the background as students mature.

During these growing up years, most of them have also been involved in their church (probably guided and encouraged by their parents). If they go off to school, or move out of their parents' homes, I wish they could all hang on to that, wherever they go or whatever they do. But sometimes they just feel so free, they forget what is the very most important part of their lives.

We can all keep them in our prayers wherever they go, whatever they do with their lives.

Tomorrow, May 5, is Confirmation at Our Savior's or Affirmation of their Baptism Day. So often, it seems, when the young people are confirmed, they are not as faithful attending church services, not all, just some. But when they have been brought up going to church, they usually return, especially when they marry and children of their own. So we don't judge them, we just rejoice when they come back.

Many years ago, our then Youth Director, Sue Odegard, began a program to "cover all our church children with prayer," by giving out slips with a child's name on it, for those of us who would pray for them. It was such a wonderful idea. I have had one "prayer child" for all these years. He will be confirmed this year, and I will continue to keep him in my prayers as long as I am mentally stable, or pass away.

I don't know who drew my grandchildren's names, so I don't know who has been praying for them all these years, but I hope they still are.

Congratulations Graduates (especially Dustin) and Confirmands.