Dear Friends,

This is graduation season.  Two graduations that mean a great deal to me fall on Wednesday of this week.

Wednesday morning at 10 am is Kids Stuff graduation.  Carolyn Curtis always puts together a beautiful ceremony.  Please join us if you can.  We’ll be in the sanctuary.  This event is always a celebration both of the precious boys and girls we will be honoring and also of this vital part of our church’s ministry.

Wednesday evening I’ll be one of many at the Idaho Center for the Nampa High School graduation ceremony.  I’ll be there with my mother, brother, wife, and both daughters.  My son Collin will be one of the graduates.

This is a rite of passage both for Collin and for his parents.  Our first child, Kelsey was born 30 years ago.  Six years later, Heather.  And six years later, Collin. (No, it wasn’t planned that way.)  The result of having 12 years between our oldest and youngest is that we have had at least one child living at home for 30 years now. Actually, we’ll still have Collin living at home as he concentrates on his churro business.  Check him out:

Who knows?  He may still be living with us 30 years from now, but knowing Collin I rather doubt it.  Whether his bedroom is occupied or not, Helen and I still regard this Wednesday as the beginning of the “empty nester” phase of our lives.

If I were to offer all our graduates a single verse of scripture, it might be Jeremiah 29:11:

“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

It won’t be long before those Kids Stuff cherubs are young men and women graduating from high school.  I know God has something great in store for each and every one of them.  It’s a privilege to have a small part in shaping that future and that hope.

In Christ, John