Our second daughter recently graduated from 8th grade. Parents were asked to speak, and here is what we said…
Father/Husband: Our daughter, Kathryn, likes to make use of a lot of quotations. (Mrs. Gilliam might say TOO many quotations!) So today, Kathryn, your mother and I decided we’d share a few of our favorite quotes with you. First, I’m going to give you some sage advice from the best rock band ever. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.” You’ve already heard that line many times, and it is sure to serve you well long into the future.
Mother/Me: I’m not sure if Mick Jagger and Francis Schaeffer have ever been quoted back to back, but I do know they both were/are artistic minded men., and because you, Kathryn, are developing your creative mind, I want to remind you of something Schaeffer wrote to young Christian artists. He said, “you should be showing the marks of the culture of which you have come, reflecting your own country and your own contemporariness and embodying something of the nature of the world as seen from a Christian standpoint.” Since books and movies are part of your “contemporariness” I now want to quote the end lines from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. “Dear Reader, there are people in the world who know no misery and woes and they take comfort in cheerful films about twittering birds and giggling elves. There are people who know that there is always a mystery to be solved and they take comfort in researching and writing down any important evidence. But this story is not about such people. This story is about …the sort of people who know that there’s always something: something to invent, something to read, something to bite, something to do to make a sanctuary no matter how small.”
Father/Husband: Kathryn, the Lord has willed that you learn to make sanctuaries in Oklahoma, Oregon and now here in Arizona; BUT, it is our prayer for you that you are most attentive to the sanctuary of your heart. And to that end we quote Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she will be praised.” May the fear of the Lord always be evidenced in your life. We love you and thank God for His grace in enabling you to reach this milestone.