“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! Matthew 25:21 (NLT))

As we lay side by side in the bottom bunk last night, I talked with Tori, my six-year-old granddaughter, about the upcoming celebration of her graduation from kindergarten. We had driven 15 hours to be with her for this special day. As we chatted, I mentioned to her that this was the first of many graduations to come; eighth grade, then high school, followed by college. I got a big grin but I knew that she really had no idea what I was talking about. At age six, it looks like a very long road ahead. But at age 61, it seems to have just flown by. The years pass quickly and these milestones keep us moving forward. Sometimes, we have a goal but other times it is just the thing we do. Then, armed and ready we tackle life and walk the path put in front of us. It may be smooth or it may take some detours. At the end, I always think of my pastor-friend, John, who reminds us when we hear of the passing of a loved one, they have graduated to their heavenly home—the ultimate graduation that we all strive for. I asked my quiet, shy, middle child Tori if she would mind if we clapped for her when they handed her the diploma. Peeking from under her long eyelashes, she grinned again and shook her head. Today we did just that. Tears blurred my vision as I watched her walk across the room and reach up to shake hands with the principal. Such promise resides in that little girl. Well done, Sweet T.