This morning at staff meeting we had a very brief but meaningful blessing of the Quillows. These are quilts individually made for our graduates that are folded into pillows (hence, Quillows). This Sunday, June 4th, we will once again wrap them around the shoulders of our high school graduates as we send them along the next step of their journey with our prayers and blessings.
Each of us on staff hugged two or three Quillows and took our turn naming these students by name and saying a prayer on their behalf. These aren’t faceless names on the back page of a graduation bulletin. These are kids that we know, we’ve had in class, we’ve gone on retreats together, we’ve eaten in their homes, we’ve watched them grow, we’ve seen them succeed and in some cases, fail. These are our kids.
Some of the quilts have the colors and symbols of their college. Some are decorated with their favorite sport or hobby. Some are a collage of their favorite t-shirts. And others just reflect their personalities with vibrant colors and bold images. But each one is made uniquely with love.
We send out these grads not only with our prayers but also with the foundation of faith that they have received through years of confirmation and Sunday School classes, worship and retreats, youth groups and small groups. These are young men and women of faith that have a word to speak to a world that desperately needs hope that only God can provide.
Be strong. Be faithful. Be courageous.
When the prophet Jeremiah was sent out at a young age, God said to him, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.”
I only wish that we could have sent Jeremiah out with the mantel of a Quillow, the prayers of this congregation and the knowledge that this God is with him forever.
Congratulations to all of our graduates! May you go forth, bold in the Lord.