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Let us join together this week in praying for the graduating high school seniors in our lives. You are invited to pray this prayer in the next week, and we encourage you to reach out to any friends or family members who are graduating to check in and let them know you are praying for them.
A Prayer or the Class of 2020
God, we give thanks for those who have run the race and finished the … courses, for those approaching the end of high school or college, apprenticeship or graduate programs and especially for this year’s class for whom everything has changed and they feel short-changed.
We pray especially for (insert names)
We pray for those who are missing the last year of spring sports or musicals, celebrated acceptances, whispered rejections, the senior prom, dinner, baccalaureate, walking the stage, flipping the tassel, tossing the cap, perhaps in front of guests even more proud to witness an achievement they did not have … and so many graduation parties.
We pray for those for whom losing a job that is not deemed essential has changed the future completely, and for those for whom the most important part of any of this year was sharing it in-person with friends, (in spite of jokes about their phones).
We rejoice at the way they make a lifeline from those phones, offering mutual support in hard times, and for ingenious distance learning, amazing teachers offering high quality education, provisions of laptops and hotspots, and for the creativity of virtual ceremonies, yes, even Minecraft, the possibilities for re-scheduled graduations, and the sweet inventiveness of family and friends to find special ways to say — well done, to the class of the year of the bubble who sparkle with a rainbow all their own. amen.
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