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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated May 31, 2018, 11:18 AM ]

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

23. Twenty. Three.

That’s how many seniors are graduating from the youth ministry here at St. Thomas this year.  Twenty-two amazing people who have been a part of this community, to varying degrees, over the last 7 years (and some of them since they were born and baptized here).

We aren’t losing them.  They’re not “leaving”.  They aren’t walking away from God and the faith they have in Jesus.  And they certainly aren’t venturing out into a dark and scary place.

One chapter of their lives is ending, yes.  And new opportunities now await them in this big, bright, beautiful world that is DRENCHED in God’s Presence.

I think a lot of times, we get scared and fearful for our graduating seniors.  We worry that they’ll somehow be overcome with various things “out there” in the world.  And certainly, we know that we have all made bad decisions in our lifetimes.  We know the consequences and results of those times we have missed the mark and chosen a Path that isn’t in the Way of Jesus.

But here’s the thing . . . we know that there is no place that God isn’t.  God is omnipresent. And God is love. That means God’s love is omnipresent.  And if that’s true (and it is), that means there is literally no place where our graduating seniors can go and be separated from God’s love.  Ever.  Period.

Yes, we should pray for them.  Yes, we can guide them.  Yes, they will make mistakes just as you and I have (and continue to do).

But we don’t need to be afraid for them.  We don’t need to be concerned that darkness is going to swallow them up.  Jesus, the light of the world, has come into the world and the darkness has not (and can not) overcome it.  Ever.  Period.

So let’s celebrate.  Let’s be joyous.  Let’s live into the promises that God has made to us.  Pray for these 23 amazing people who are about to take the next step in their life-long journey with God in Christ.

Sydney Benny, Christian Binning, Joshua Coopman, Elijah Coopman, Sierra Edwards, Meagan Gramins, Cory Jordan, Jason Jordan, Colton Mellgren, Jordan Paterson, Lexi Pierce, Colette Pollard, Stephen Priest, Carmen Roeming, Ruby Salbego, Emily Schmidt, Jacob Schmiedel, Caleb Schultz, Viktoria Umland, Gena Vaillancourt, Noah Walter, Mark Walter, and Molly Walter.

peace to you