Johnâ€™s graduation day finally arrived. Because of his investment working on our house and bus, John wasnâ€™t able to finish his graduation requirements until we were on our last trip in September and October. He then turned these in to Steve, who needed to find time to go over them. The rest of the family was very anxious for Johnâ€™s graduation. Last Sunday, Steve said John had completed his work, and we all voted to have the graduation right away.
John is the third of our five graduates to choose to have a family celebration for his graduation. Sometimes I have wondered whether we should include others in the graduation and whether the family graduation is too much like a birthday. Johnâ€™s graduation dispelled those thoughts from my mind.
After eating Johnâ€™s favorite meal and having family Bible time, we joined our hearts in a celebration of blessing and prayer. We each came prepared with a verse or two of Scripture written out to share with John and give to him. After presenting John with their verse, most also prayed for him expressing gratitude for where the Lord has brought him and blessing for his future. This was a very special time, filled with emotion and tears. The intimacy of those moments could only have come about within the context of our family.
The other children had prayerfully chosen and sacrificially purchased graduation gifts. As a mother, that conveyed so much to my heart of their love for their brother and desire to invest in his life.Â John had written a precious card, which he presented to me, of gratitude to me for my investment in his education, and it included an invitation to go out to dinner with him.
Trusting in Jesus,
â€œI have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truthâ€ (3 John 1:4).