Father, I have knowledge …

graduate

so I pray you’ll show me now
How to use it wisely
and find a way somehow
To make the world I live in
a little better place,
And make life, with its problems,
a bit easier to face…
Grant me faith and courage
and put purpose in my days,
And show me how to serve Thee
in the most effective ways
So all my education,
my knowledge and my skill,
May find their true fulfillment
as I learn to do Thy will…
And may I ever be aware
in everything I do
That knowledge comes from learning —
And wisdom comes from You– Helen Steiner Rice

Tis the graduation season and the most recurring idea among graduates is no doubt the notion of freedom– freedom to do more of what they would like to do and less of what they would rather not do.

One thing that freedom does NOT mean though is escape from community. Humans are made for community, made to exist in relationships with others– so much so that they cannot be fully human apart from relationships, apart from community.

So the new freedom that comes with graduation simply means more ability to choose the community that will shape personality and define individuality.

For our graduates, the burdens of forced community have decreased while the opportunities for intentional community have increased. The choice of which community will claim their allegiance and determine their values is a choice they will have to make– and that choice will demand faith and wisdom.

One bit of wisdom is that the word “freedom” itself is closely akin to the word “friend,” thereby suggesting that being free means one’s relationship are defined, not by law, force, or coercion, but rather by friendship. Compare that with the compulsions of sin and all of its consequences and the choice of which community should be clear.

Today we come together as friends within an intentional community having made our choices, constrained not by the bonds of sin or compulsion but rather of freedom and friendship to remember the One who has called us into this liberty, this free association, through the sacrifice of His body and the shedding of His blood.

— historeo.com

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