Worship Companion – June 27 2021

Congratulations to our Graduates!
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Wisdom literature can be harder to read than other Biblical styles, but it is especially important and meaningful for people going through life transitions. Transitions make us ask big questions and ponder the strange realities of the world in which we live. The text today has many layers of meaning, and is meant to be read, re-read, and pondered over. I’ve linked to an easy-to-read translation called the Good News Translation. It’s an excellent help, especially when paired with a more word-for-word translation like the English Standard Version. The ESV preserves more of the original phrases, but the GNT goes a long way to help us understand what some of these complex wisdom-proverbs mean.
The Theme:
While Graduation is an obvious theme for the day, a deeper theme we’re exploring is the strange world of beauty and brokenness, pleasure and pain that we live in. School, work, goals, families– these things all sit within the bigger questions of, “why am I here?”, “what is my purpose?” and “why is the world this way?” Rest assured, these questions are not new and you are in good company as you ask them. The Biblical authors were wrestling with God about the same topics 3000 years ago!
The Theme in Song:
This song is for all of us at any age who become lost along the journey of life. We get discouraged, angry, frustrated that we can’t seem to be who we want to be, or who we think others want us to be. Andrew Peterson writes wonderful songs which intersect so well with faith and life in a strange and foreign world. This one, sung with his own children, is a wonderful representation of the truth we as parents can sing over our kids as they transition through schools and into the workplace, but its also a representation of what our Heavenly Father sings over all of us as we fumble and struggle and sometimes succeed, through life.

The Theme in Art:
What does your next milestone say? If you are a graduate or have a graduate in your home, you maybe know what the milestone says as you’ve just arrived at it or are almost there. Maybe you’re at that milestone and you still don’t know what it says – kind of like the worn-out milestone above written in Latin. Some of us are not sure exactly where we are headed. Sometimes God is quiet when it comes to more than just a step or two ahead on our journey. In either case, I want to encourage you with these words:
Jeremiah 6:16 – “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths: ‘Where is the good way?’ Then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
No matter where you are in life’s journey today, whether on the Good path or not, God is calling you. God wants to show you the good way. Walk in it, whether you know what the next milestone might say or not. You can be sure that when you walk with Jesus, you’ll find rest for your soul.

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