Here is the text of the prayer I was blessed to be able to give at my Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction commencement ceremony Sunday, June 25.
Blessed Creator and sustainer of life, we enter your presence with grateful hearts.
Only you know the path of life that has brought each person here, and we thank you for directing our steps and intersecting our lives for a brief but shining time. We have met opportunities and faced challenges that have shaped who we are today. Please use the wisdom we have gained as a blessing for others. May we always listen for the whisper of your grace as we move through our lives, and may we always use our writing to encourage others to live in harmony and create a world in which there is peace, inclusiveness, and justice. May we find inspiration in the beauty and whimsy of your creation, and may we never lose the love of story you have woven into our very souls.
Thank you, Lord, for this university and for the faculty and staff who have given of themselves to help us succeed through their teaching and mentoring and, most especially, working so diligently behind the scenes to meet our needs and keep us on track.
May we never waste nor take for granted our creativity. Bless us, Lord, with pens and paper a-plenty, ideas overflowing, and, if it is your will, multi-book contracts and at least five-figure advances.
Acknowledging that we call you by many different names and worship you differently, I pray in the name by which I know you best, Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.