It’s graduation [drive-by] party season. There is one ceremony that I can’t wait to attend. The pre-school graduation of my 5-year-old nephew, Gavin. Gavin is totally obsessed with being a pirate.
I don’t know if his mom will let him wear his pirate garb to this important commencement ceremony. But I do hope that in the commencement speech (sure, they could have one) someone will encourage all of the girls and boys in Gavin’s graduating class to continue to be true to themselves. They are each unique and beloved children of God, and at age 5 they are free to express their own truths and be authentic.
Let’s celebrate and encourage all children to remain true to themselves. We should encourage them to use the gifts that God has given them. I pray this is true for every graduate at every age.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA Throwback Thursday blog by Elizabeth McBride, re-run in May 2020.