Old School Photo by heyFilbert

Old School
Photo by heyFilbert

In 1962, over 50 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, decided it was a good thing to take prayer out of the nation’s schools.

Look at the results. They have been catastrophic.

Growing up in California, I entered school in 1963. I never heard a Christian prayer in school. It was a great place to grow up, but thankfully California is no longer my place of residence.

Not all schools have thrown Christian prayers to the wind.

This is a prayer that will be spoken tonight, at a public high school graduation, here in America:

“Dear Heavenly Father,

     “We are grateful that You have allowed us to come together tonight in this final celebration of our friendship and achievements.  We thank You for our families, teachers and friends who have encouraged, guided, and given of themselves so that we might be here this evening. We pray that You would send Your blessings upon them.

     “Throughout the school years, You have been with us, protecting us, providing for our needs, and directing our paths.  You have brought us through experiences, some good and some, not so much, that have helped us mature and grow.  Help us to continue to see Your hand in our lives.

     “During this transition from high school student to adult, we will experience many changes.  Let us rely more and more upon Your Word, which never changes.  Grant us courage to face new challenges and overcome obstacles in order to achieve our goals.  Forever (name of school mascot), let us remember the words of Isaiah: ‘Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they run and will not grow weary, they walk and not be faint.’

     “We pray for Your blessing upon this graduation ceremony and all of the people here tonight.  In the name of Your holy Son Jesus Christ, Amen.”

How do I know that this prayer will be spoken, tonight, at a high school graduation in America?  I know because I am blessed to have a son who wrote the prayer himself and who is happy to say it.

I can think of nothing else to write except, “God bless America.”


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