A letter of encouragement to a graduate

As I sat in the audience of two different graduations this year, I was drawn back to last year at this time, when yours truly graduated. I started thinking of what I would say to myself if I could go back. I wrote it in letter form and would like to share it! Enjoy!!

Dear Mary Hannah,

                You’re graduating high school. That’s a big accomplishment. So what if it a year late. There is no age limit on life. There is no rush to get out of high school. The friends you’ve made during high school are not just acquaintances. Don’t let depression seep in, it will try, because “you left all your friends back in high school”. Those are the people you will need the most one day. The people who will make you laugh when you really want to cry. The people who will drop everything to come to your rescue.

                Remember everything you achieved during high school. All the awards and the gift.  The trials you have overcome to reach this goal are many. During this time of waiting on the Lord, don’t get depressed, God is not done working in and through you (John 7:15). Lives will be change because of how you live. You need to remember the accomplishment you have made and the things that make you uniquely you. The friends, who will carry through this dark time of waiting for the next right thing, will be some of the biggest blessings in your life. Remember blessings will come on the other side of this change.

                A chapter in your life is closing, but it is not the conclusion. God has big things in mind for you. Bigger than what we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). The next chapter is on the horizon and it’s terrifying. The next chapter is entitled your future. Even when we don’t know what’s over the next mountain, God is already there. Take heart, God has a plan and purpose for you (Jeremiah 29:11) in this next chapter and for the rest of your life. Don’t give up when the future scares you, God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 5:13)


“Adult” Mary Hannah




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