Last Thursday we held the graduation service for our Preschool. Each year I write a letter for the program and this is what I wrote in 2014:
This evening, we are celebrating your child's preschool graduation. Hopefully, this will be the first of many graduations in your child's life. I became curious about the word "graduation." I found out that it comes from the Latin word gradus which means "step." There are a number of words in the English language that owe their origins to this word including grade, gradation,
gradient, gradual, and of course graduate and
graduation. This graduation time is a step in your child's life that will sometimes feel gradual, and other times like you are moving up a gradient as your child passes each grade. I want to encourage you to hang in there because, as you have probably heard, it will be over before you know it - so enjoy it as best you can!
We are honored that you have chosen to let your child attend Johns Creek Presbyterian Preschool. We hope that your child has learned and grown - as well as experienced the love of God through our wonderful staff. May God bless you and your child every step along the way of life!
This past weekend we attended our oldest daughter's graduation from college, but I can still remember her graduation from preschool. As I said in my letter, it all goes by so fast and their childhood is over before you know it. I came across some interesting Bible verses about the steps of our lives:
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. -Proverbs 16:9
A person's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? -Proverbs 20:24
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him. -Psalm 37:23
May God guide your steps and those of the ones you love in the days to come!
Prayer for Today
Guide us, Lord, as we take the steps of our lives. Make firm the places where we might slip. Enable us to delight in you and your way in our lives. We pray this in the strong name of the Risen Christ. Amen.