‘For the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember is commandments to do them.’ Psalms 103:17-18
I was privileged and proud to attend my nephew Matthew Bramlett’s graduation ceremony last weekend. I was impressed with the scores of young students who were being recognized by the uiversity staff for their various academic achievements. Many degrees and accolades were awarded to graduating seniors who after very dilligent work had completed the required carricula and passed the tests. Over the last few years, each student had to be trained, molded and academically equiped to meet the challenges awaiting them as they embark on their careers. In the commencement speach they were exhorted to lead exemplary lives, full of meaning, truth and ard work. However, I could not help but notice that during the entire proceedings no mention of or reference to God was made. The absence of even a prayer of benediction on behalf of the graduating class of 2013 and their families was obvious.
Our universities provide great sources of education and enable the pursuit of knowledge. However, the respobsibility of instilling the foundations for truth and spiritual health continues to fall on us-the body of Christ.
Whether we agree or not, this and future graduating classes are our legacy. We must leave them with the confident faith and encouragement that only through a personal relationship with God will His righteousness and everlasting mercy follow them and their children.
Congratulations Matt and the entire graduating class of 2013!