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Made for Good Works

May 28, 2020

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.” Psalm 139:13-14

Grace Lutheran School’s graduation ceremony happened last night. It was a bit different than normal, to say the least. Graduates and their families gathered for a drive-in ceremony at the Melrose Park Civic Center. There were a few speakers, as usual. Each eighth grader was called forward to receive their diploma and some gifts, to have their picture taken, and to have a carefully selected Bible verse read for them.

For their class gift, the graduates looked beyond Grace and chose to raise money for Harmony Food Pantry to help those who are struggling during the pandemic. This was a wonderful example of how they are living out their class verse, Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”

During my pastoral blessing last night, I told them that their lives are not for just any purpose, and they’re certainly not for no purpose. God made each one of them, knit them together in with God’s own hands, so that they could do good work in the world. Good work done to the glory of God and for the good of their neighbor.

I am excited to see what God will do in and through these young people in the years to come. Goodness knows we need their witness, service, and leadership. Our world remains one in which oppression and injustice run rampant. Our country continues to grapple with its founding sin of racism and the violence that flows from this racism. Our communities continue to struggle with how to respond to this pandemic, a problem that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

I am overwhelmed this week. We have so far to go.

But last night? Last night I came home with hope in my heart. There are 22 young people who are going to make this world a better place. That’s why God created them. God has good works in store for them.

And what about you, friends? For what has God made you? Your life does not exist for just any purpose, and it certainly doesn’t exist for no purpose. Your life is not your own. You belong to God, who made you and redeemed you. What good work will God accomplish through you today?

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of hope, we pray that your future of love and grace would erupt into our present of fear and hatred. Help us do better. Let the children lead us, for our wisdom has surely failed. Forgive us, Lord, and lift us up again in Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The logo and theme for the now-completed school year at Grace.

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