Let’s commence

I LOVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES.

Said no one ever.

You know how they can be.  Cliches abound.  Leftover fortune cookie one liners. Enthusiasm overkill. Extra cheese. Fake applause.  Repeat.

But we must keep having commencement speeches because you never know when one like this will come along.

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My favorite line:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

And since you probably just read through those words and didn’t pay close enough attention, let me repeat them:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

To be fair, this wasn’t the commencement speech.  But it was graduation.  People were commencing.

It’s easy to check box community service; you can tell by how easy it is to get it over with.  It’s something a lot holier to see someone else with Godly eyes and care, so much so that you see your lives connected.  So, get to commencing.

Stay blessed…john

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