Thoughts From Toby

As a culture, we have certain milestones which are particularly meaningful to us. They serve almost like an initiation ceremony into a new stage of life. High school and college graduations are clear examples of these ceremonies. After all, we call graduations “commencements,” meaning that they are the start of something new. There is no going back. A change has occurred, and now you are a different person.

For this reason, and many others, we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of those in our church family who either have recently graduated or will be graduating soon. We, as a community, gather around these individuals and express our joy as they move on to new things in life. We rally around them, supporting them as they transition into adulthood and the professional realm. And we ultimately entrust them to God, recognizing that he has been with them thus far, and will be with them as they go forth.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

- Jeremiah 29:11