I don’t know if my sister will let my nephew wear his favorite pirate garb to his pre-school commencement ceremony. But I do hope that in the commencement speech someone will encourage all of the girls and boys in his 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—even when pretending to be a fictional pirate.
This message is excerpted from a Women of the ELCA blog, “For the pirates and graduate,” by Elizabeth McBride. Today we remember Clare, Abbess of San Damiano, who died in 1253.
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