Righteous Father, the world does not know You, but I know You; and these know that You have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved me may be in them, and I in them. -John 17:25 & 26
During this time of year as we celebrate the graduation of our high school and college seniors, I think about these beloved young people setting out in the coming days for parts, people and events unknown. They are often away from this church family that cares so deeply and lovingly for each of them. St. Peter’s has made known our loving Father’s name to them and has shown them the love of Christ that is in them. This community has been about this task of teaching, giving and growing love. Their youth leaders, youth group friends, and this loving, supportive faith community will keep them strong as they navigate the new places they will go.
Because I am with our teens so much, I am regularly mindful of the society that they must navigate. More than ever, our youth are facing so many more stressors. They need more and better tools in their toolbox to manage these stresses. The spiritual lessons and practices that they’ve learned throughout their Sunday mornings in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Journey to Adulthood classes have given them superpowers to help fight the anxiety so pervasive in America’s young people today. Each of them knows that they can come anytime to receive the love of their church family and be reminded that God loves, guards and guides them daily. That is the beauty of attending church and participating in Christian formation; this is where we all come to give and receive a regular infusion of love, acceptance, peace and knowledge.
As this class of seniors take the next steps on their journeys, may they know that they take with them our unceasing prayers and our well-wishes for the coming years.
Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation