So, the other day I posted this story about my experience with bullying in high school and I mentioned that I gave a prayer at graduation. A prayer about hate.
Well, holy prayer, I found it.
(Just know that it is not my best work). But I thought I would share it.
If you read the post on my experience, you might remember that I masked my message as a global message about war. Well, apparently, I wasn’t as clever as I thought I was. Twenty-five plus years later, it doesn’t seem so focused on global events but rather what was closer to my heart at the time.
Anywho, here it is…
As we gather here together for the last time as the class of 1986, we thank you for our good times and our bad times – our joys and our sorrows.
We have grown tremendously since we first walked the halls as a freshman class. We have eagerly anticipated the day we could walk down the aisle and receive our high school diplomas. But now, many of us look to the future with a great deal of uncertainty.
We pray that you will guide us in the decisions we must make, the fears we will face, and the defeats we shall bear.
Help us put any bad memories of the past behind us and to be thankful for the joyful times we have spent together.
Teach us there is no going back. We must accept the past and fight for tomorrow.
Help us to remember that the enemies we meet in life, whether they be nations or individuals, are as frightened of conflicts as we are.
Teach us to respect the adversaries we encounter. Remind us that there is not a single person in this world unable to feel the pain that accompanies hatred.
But most of all, guide us to gain a true belief in ourselves.
Let us remember we can never be duplicated.
Help us celebrate our uniqueness and take full advantage of our abilities – so that we may build a stronger future for ourselves and our country.
Give us knowledge so that we will not repeat yesterday’s mistakes.
The wonder of our past is not that we have survived inquisitions or world wars. It is that we can still say we believe and we care.
This is our foundation for hope. A foundation that makes us stronger and will allow us to make a difference in this world.
Lord be with us tonight and in the future and keep us safe.
Let us remember that our future is dependent on our ability to care and believe.
Thank you for all of our blessings.