Last weekend was graduation here at Saint Joseph’s University. I was honored to be asked to give the invocation prayer at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 11. All went well, as far as that sort of thing goes. (Can you really evaluate a prayer?)
For me, the most compelling thing about the experience was the silence. Several thousand people were there, and yet there was so little to hear. For all the busyness of the day and of our lives, it is nice to have moments where we pause to quiet ourselves and attend to the depth of our experience, even for just a moment. All the more powerful when it is in such a big group.
Perhaps these sorts of experiences are better left to memory. But I thought I’d post the prayer for those who might like to remember such things.
Holy and loving God,
We ask you to be with us today
Be with us as you have been with us each morning,
Be with us as you have each noon
Be with us as you have been with us each afternoon,
Be with as you have each evening,
Be with us as you have been with us each night,
Spirit of God—breath of life—continue to be with us today
Bless this moment, and these lives we have woven
In your name, we pray.