2018 Graduation Message from Bishop Brown






English

[Text for Graduation Message from Bishop Brown video, March 31, 2018]

 

Hello graduates,

There is a word I know you have been hearing a lot lately and deservingly so. That is ‘congratulations’. This is an old word that means, ‘with joy’. Congratulations is what someone is saying to you when they say, “I want to share in this joy”. And, there’s a lot of joy in what you have just accomplished. You have set goals for yourselves, you have reached those goals, and you have graduated – or are set to graduate soon. Congratulations.

When I graduated from high school, I remember I could not decide if I was more excited about the wide-open future that was ahead of me or if I was more anxious about the wide-open future that was ahead of me. I felt conflicted. There was a lot of uncertainty and that is usually the case at times like this. You may feel that kind of a conflict in yourself. Are you excited about what is next or are you anxious about what is next? It is probably both.

Amidst this uncertainty, there is something that is absolutely certain:

You are beloved of Christ Jesus, that the power of the living God is in you
and it is with you each step of the way.

Wherever your future may take you, please know that the Episcopal Church in Delaware and the Episcopal Church across the United States looks forward to being a part of your journey.

Go with Christ knowing that your future in Christ is a blessing,

Bishop Brown

 

 





Español

[exto en español del video con el Mensaje de Graduación del Obispo Brown, marzo 31, 2018]

 

Hola graduandos y graduandas:

Hay una palabra que yo sé que han estado escuchando recientemente y con mucho mérito:  ‘Felicitaciones’. Esta es una palabra antigua que significa, ‘con felicidad’.  Al decirles ‘felicitaciones’, les están diciendo: “yo quiero compartir tu felicidad.” Y es que hay mucha alegría en todos sus logros.  Ustedes alcanzaron sus metas, y se han graduado – o se van a graduar muy pronto. ¡Felicitaciones!

Cuando yo me gradué de la escuela, yo recuerdo que no sabía si estaba entusiasmado, o ansioso, por el futuro que se abría frente a mí.  Me sentía confundido.  Sentía mucha incertidumbre, lo cual es muy común en momentos como éste.  Es posible que ustedes sientan lo mismo. ¿Están entusiasmados?  o están nerviosos por lo que tienen por delante? Posiblemente sean ambas cosas.

En medio de esta incertidumbre, hay algo que es absolutamente cierto:

Ustedes todos son bien amados por Cristo Jesús, y el poder del Dios viviente está en ustedes y con ustedes, a cada paso de su camino.

Dondequiera que su futuro les lleve, sepan que la Iglesia Episcopal en Delaware y la Iglesia Episcopal de los Estados Unidos estará atenta a ser parte de su jornada de vida.

Vayan con Cristo y sepan que su futuro en Cristo es una bendición,

Bishop Brown

 


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