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“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.”

Baccalaureate was yesterday at 4:00.  Ethan almost didn’t go….

It was one of those “we almost didn’t bother” but we did and it was amazing.  God likes to do that now and then.  Totally unexpected SOUL FOOD.

The 2016 class, the faculty, the volunteers from the community, teachers, friends, parents, and ministers all came together for a heart-felt, spiritual service.  I sat in the pew with Seth, Sarah, David, and Caleb and soaked it all up.

If you’re reading this and you had a part—THANK YOU.

pride, joy, smiles, tears, song, words.  so good.

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Hunter reading Scripture.

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Glad there was a program so I could study it and learn names.

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High School choir in beautiful harmony.

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Caleb (Grace’s boyfriend) reading Scripture.

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I learned a new hymn and I loved it!

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Rachel and Sarah singing with their Dad playing guitar.  Making us cry.

 

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Rachel spoke to her class some encouraging words.

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They were given candles as “Go Light Your World” played.

Whoever put this service together was thoughtful and gave the kids so much to remember.

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They will go far.

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The Pastor of the church was kind and down to earth.

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I held it together until Grace became emotional and then realization flooded over me again that this is a season of changes, not just for me as a mom; but for my children as close brothers and sisters.

The love they share will never change.

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed

“When Victor Hugo was more than eighty years old, he expressed his faith in this beautiful way:

‘Within my soul I feel the evidence of my future life. I am like a forest that has been cut down more than once, yet the new growth has more life than ever.  I am always rising toward the sky, with the sun shining down on my head.  The earth provides abundant sap for me but heaven lights my way to worlds unknown. 

“People say the soul is nothing but the effect of our bodily powers at work.  If that were true, then why is my soul becoming brighter as my body begins to fail?  Winter may be filling my head, but an eternal spring rises from my heart.  At this late hour of my life, I smell the fragrance of lilacs, violets, and roses, just as I did when I was twenty.  And the closer I come to the end of my journey, the more clearly I hear the immortal symphonies of eternal worlds inviting me to come.  It is awe-inspiring yet profoundly simple.'”

From Streams in the Desert, by L.B Cowman

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“This is why we never give up.  Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.”  2 Corinthians 4:16