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Saturday, May 8, 2010

5/8/10- Graduation Time

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  (Mt. 28:18-20)

Today is graduation day/season for so many.  It is a milemarker on which we can look back and see what we have done. It is a celebration of past accomplishments that lead us into the future.  
When Jesus was about to go to heaven he sent the disciples out into the world.  It was a graduation and a commissioning.  The graduation was not before he was crucified or at this crucifixion.  Rather it was when they knew that "surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  He is, and our graduates- as well as all of us need to know that we are not alone in the world, but He goes with us.  Psalm 121 extrapolates on some ways He is with us- He is our help; He never sleeps; He watches over us as our ultimate Comfort; He protects us; He is the guard at our going and coming forever.

Prayer: Thank you Lord that you watch over us, and those who are graduating today.  May I lift up my eyes to you today. 

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