Thoughts about graduation have filled my mind lately. This is true mostly because our youngest graduates from high school this spring. It is an exciting time to think about milestones and future prospects. I keenly remember it being a sobering time with each graduation not knowing where the next step in education or life would lead. For some reason, a new thought has entered my brain: Were my parents were as sentimental as I am with this accomplishment? Because as a student, I couldn’t wait to graduate and move on to the next new thing.

The fact is, graduations happen all the time. Transitions take place in people’s lives almost annually. Consider some that are familiar and others that often go unnoticed:

  • The obvious graduation from one level of education to the next or into the workforce.
  • A wedding and the establishment of a new household.
  • The change that a job transfer brings.
  • The birth of a baby.
  • The loss of a loved one.
  • The new life Jesus brings when a person accepts Christ as Savior.
  • Spiritual maturity.

The list could go on for quite some time in order to express every movement from one place to another. To graduate means to change gradually or by degrees. Regardless if someone cherishes these moments in life or faces them with trepidation, they are a natural part of life. What comforts me most through my excitement, as well as my fears, is Psalm 121:8. It has been read aloud at many of my family’s life events. Join me in reading it aloud today:

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.