High School Senior Recognition

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”
(1 Samuel 7:12)

“Here I raise my Ebenezer; hither, by Thy help, I’ve come.”

(from the familiar hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing)

In a season typically marked with many milestones of achievement and maturation, Youth Sunday Senior Recognition stands as an ‘Ebenezer,’ a spiritual waypoint in a young person’s life marking the completion of high school and a moving toward adulthood within the community of faith.  The Hebrew people marked moments along their journey in such a way, making commemoration of important events and significant trials they’d faced and overcome.  Today, we are proud to recognize our graduating high school seniors and establish our own “Ebenezer” within these pages.

It is an unusual season of milestones, however.  2020 has become a year filled with missed experiences, canceled plans, and disappointing finishes.  As we watch our sports evaporate, our live performances cancel, and our schools shutter for nearly the entire spring semester, we’ve also seen our high school graduates miss out on many of the most important social and spiritual experiences they had anticipated for so long.  From prom to spring sports, senior showcase performances to beach week, spring break to graduation itself, this year’s seniors have taken quite a loss on the traditional experiences so many of us took for granted at their age.

However, this class of graduates has something no other class has ever had: an experience like this international pandemic has not happened to any living generation, and these students get to be the first in modern history to begin adulthood in such a new world.  Full of challenges and difficulties, this strange new social and economic

landscape will also be full of opportunity and promise for the class of 2020.  What will not be different for them is the God of Creation who holds each of these precious youth in His hands.  God’s faithfulness is still as sure today as it was in the past.  God’s grace is still the currency in the economy of the Kingdom.  God’s love is still the law above heaven and earth, and ever shall be.  Though the world around them may seem strange to those who have long since graduated, the same faith that sustained previous generations is able and ready to sustain these amazing young people.

As we take a moment in the midst of these times to celebrate and acknowledge a milestone of achievement for our high school seniors, we also recognize that just as every class before them and every one to come, they are each unique and precious in God’s eyes.  Take a moment to look into the face of each of these amazing young people and remember you are looking at a reflection of the image of God when you do.

John M. Dull, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
(540) 885-0746 office
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