Posted by: Brian Musser | June 16, 2013

Invocation for Commencement 2013

College of Arts and Sciences; Westphal College of Media Arts and Design; Custom Design Degree  2013

Let us pause for a moment of invocation.

Creator of all good things, Lover of our souls, Healer of our hearts, Forgiver, Guide, Comforter, Friend,

As we stand here and now, we realize that you are also the Giver of gifts and the Bestower of blessings.  Many great things have been brought into our lives that have made this moment possible; many things that were not within our control.  Others have given so that we may be here in this place.  Family and friends have given of their time, encouragement, energy, resources to help us along the way.  Professors, advisors and peers have shared knowledge, information, expertise and wisdom.  And you have given life, design, purpose, meaning and sustenance. You have gotten us through.  There were times when things were good and the path was easy but there were other times when we needed to be carried.  At times Drexel asked for more than we had to give.  We needed more room in our heads to remember than was available.  We needed more hours in the day and night than what was scheduled on the clock.  We needed more money than the change that was in our pockets.  But this moment testifies that through all that we have made it through with the help of others and with the help of you.  Thank You.  At this time and in this moment enable us to take advantage of this unique opportunity to truly celebrate with gratefulness and gratitude those gifts that have been given to us and to honor and thank the givers.

As we move forward, help us to understand the responsibilities that come with such the blessings we have.  Allow us never to horde the gifts that have been given to us but to hold them out with open hands so that others may be blessed as well.  Give us the ability to do great things with our degrees.  Give us success.  But more importantly than great things, aide us in doing truly good things.  I ask that we will always be about making our world a better place.  As we continue to expand our knowledge and practice of our chosen fields of study, may we apply this information directly to others lives in such a way that brings peace and justice, forgiveness and healing, truth and wisdom. As we attempt to better understand the worlds that exist around us, within us, among us both currently and throughout the history of time may this understanding moves us forward into a better tomorrow than was yesterday.  As we produce art allow it to display truth and beauty.  Allow it to uncover meaning and purpose that lies just below the fabric of everyday.  Help us to not just animate lines on a page but stories in the heart.  And as we work as we ought allow us to have the understanding that we are working alongside you the Giver of gifts, the Bestower of blessings, the advocate for truth, the creator of beauty.  And as we work with you, help us to continually develop in our understanding of you, of ourselves, of us as a whole and of this wonderful creation that we are a part.

At this time we invite Your presence, the presence of the Divine to be here with us, but not only for this moment of commencement but from this moment forward.  You are most welcome here.  We invoke your presence.  I will leave this prayer un-ended signifying that the rest of what we do will be in communication with you.

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