(Prayer for Graduates at West Michigan Lutheran High School Commencement Exercises, May 26, 2011)
Almighty God, Heavenly Father, You have spoken in Your Holy Word: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding (Psalm 111:10). As these young men and women begin a new phase in their lives, bless them with true faithfulness that fears and loves You above all things. May they pursue godly wisdom wich has its source and perfection in the sure and certain knowledge of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless and uphold all graduates with the Truth of Your Word Jesus Christ, made flesh for them, crucified for them, risen for them, and even now interceding for them at Your right hand. Bless them as they travel, some to faraway places, some to their homes, all in Your name, sending Your holy angels to guard and keep them that the evil foe may have no power over them. Grant them heavenly wisdom and instruction that they may not be found fools but with a good understanding which is founded upon the Precious Cornerstone, even Jesus Christ, our Lord. We commend these graduates and their families into Your gracious hands. your praise endures forever! In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.