“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Psalm 25: 4-5
Mid-May is graduation time for many schools, both secondary and post-secondary. Universities, colleges and technical institutes have already held graduation exercises, and our area high schools have recently held their ceremonies or will shortly. Many of the graduates of these schools will go on to further education, further learning. Others will have the opportunity to enter a full-time workforce. Some will choose to enlist in military service. No matter what course is chosen by a graduate, learning does not stop once a diploma is in hand. Our world changes constantly and our need to learn new skills never ceases.
Those who choose further formal education certainly will have more learning. Those who start a new job or new career also continue to learn. There is training that takes place for most employees when they enter a field of work. Workers continue to take training to learn new skills necessary for their jobs; new advances in knowledge and technology require new skills to be learned. Those who enter the military certainly find that their learning process continues as well. Life-long learning is something that we all partake in, whether that learning is formal or informal.
The learning of new skills is imperative to our earthly lives, but those lives, sooner or later, will end. We cling to the hope of salvation given by our God of resurrection, our God of new life. The psalmist, in the verses noted above, reminds us to seek the ways of the Lord even more so than the ways of this earthly life. As my study bible says in the side bar next to Psalm 25, “These ways are part of the covenant relationship with God. They guide us through life’s dangers, help us find refuge and show us how to live in a relationship with God. They are available to all who want to learn them.”
As we send out from graduation ceremonies our children or grandchildren, our family friends or neighbors, remind those students that learning certainly continues but remind them also, as the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, says, to “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.” May the peace of our Lord be with all those who pick up that diploma this month!
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