(Prayer offered for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Monday morning, 16 May 2016)
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of a loving God.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, there is a passage that says, “To everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven.” If that sounds familiar, it’s probably you remembering the song DMart plays mid-to-late freshman year. It took until pretty recently for me to understand the accuracy of this line. The people you meet and the things you do have a time and a place. If they haven’t happened yet, it is not their time. I was supposed to go to Montana over Spring Break, but there was a 4 foot snowstorm in our layover, so we had to cancel. It wasn’t the time for me to go to Montana yet.
This applies to friends you make throughout high school as well. You’ll never know when you’re going to make friends. Maybe it’s freshman year and the girl directly behind you moves to talk to her friend, so you talk to the girl two seats behind you. Maybe it’s sophomore year and you see a kid you talked to once prior playing a game you like and you go and talk to him about it. Maybe it’s junior year and that weird kid you kind of knew starts getting funnier and you two get closer. Or, maybe it’s senior year and you decide to strike up a conversation with your Model UN partner from the year prior and realize how much you two have in common. All four of these people are great friends to me now, and they will be among the people I think of when I think back to my four years at the A. The point is, things at La Salle can happen at any time. If this year wasn’t good, wait for the next. It took me until my Junior year to find what I wanted to do with my time, joining Social Concerns and Model UN. Most of the kids I’m close to in La Salle now I met in senior year Heck I would never have guessed that one could make 29 friends in two days (Shout out to Kairos 19) or that such a thing would happen with two months left of school.
So relax! If it hasn’t happened—just wait, because it either will or wasn’t meant to. And now for some itemized advice. Freshmen, hope this year was good, don’t get sophomore slump. Sophomores, if that club or sport didn’t work out, find something else. Lead retreats, volunteer, try out for a play. Just find something you love and do it. Juniors, if this year felt dull, dive head first into senior year, and find stuff to do. Either you or your friends drive, so go take a random road trip. Seniors, we’re not done yet. Talk to some new kids, make some more memories before we graduate. The end of classes doesn’t mean the end of friendships.
Let us pray.
Lord, we thank you for the years of La Salle. We thank you for the memories and for the friends. We ask for your guidance as we inch ever closer to graduation, and as we leave our second home to set out and do your will, whatever that may be. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Pray for Us.
Live, Jesus, in Our Hearts, Forever!
Anthony Murray–Class of 2016