At our vestry meeting this week, Jane Showalter offered this devotion that I am happy to share with all of you today.
- Lisa+

When most of us think of graduation, we think of kids. Whether it's kindergarten, high school, or college, the connotation with graduation seems inextricably linked to the young.

But we all have futures, and we are always graduating into new opportunities and seasons of life. To think that exciting futures are only for the young, well, that conclusion isn't from God. Remember Abraham and Sarah... they had their whole future change around the age of 99! Look at my 97-year-old father... after a long career as a surgeon, he went into the restaurant business, owning and opening a new restaurant when he was in his 80s. A few weeks ago, he traveled to be front and center at his grandson's graduation from medical school.

God's guidance gives us strength to do so many things.

Notice that the word Guidance has "dance" at the end of the word. Over the last few months, we've been talking a lot about dancing in our house as my husband, Carl, participated in a local Dancing with the Stars adventure (talk about unexpected opportunities!).

Doing God's will and seizing the opportunities God gives, is a lot like dancing: when two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two become one body in beautiful motion. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person, and gentle guidance and skill from the other. 
Guidance starts with a "G," which I think of as God, and is followed by a "U" and an "I." God, U and I Dance. This is a wonderful reminder that we must be willing to let God take the lead and guide us as we graduate into the new opportunities that he provides during every season of our lives. 

- Jane Showalter


  The Reverend Lisa Saunders
  Associate Rector
  Christ Episcopal Church