Commencement

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Brian Murphy, Executive Pastor.

Dear Christ Church,

Every year at this time I find myself contemplating a movie that is suited for another season. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas film that tells the story ofGeorge Bailey; a fictitious character, living in a fictitious town and opposing the fictitious protagonist, evil Mr. Potter.

Although there are plenty of fictional aspects of the film, the underlying theme is true to life. George longs to discover his destiny.

On the eve of leaving for college George’s father invites him to stay at home and run the family business, George responds, “Oh, now, Pop, I couldn’t. I couldn’t face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office… I’d go crazy. I want to do something big and something important.”

This scene is why I think about a Christmas movie in the springtime. It is graduation time. Many people will be considering their destinies and, no doubt, have aspirations to do something important.

This Sunday during the services we will take a few minutes to honor those in our Christ Church family who will be graduating this year. Some are graduating from college, some from high school and some from postgraduate programs. It is safe to say that all, like George Bailey, will be thinking about what’s next.

Let’s all take a few minutes to pray for these friends over the next couple of weeks as they prepare to begin the next part of their journeys.

Blessings,
Brian