Growing Up

Graduation

Inspiration

Scroll down to find resources for this lifecycle moment. 

Prayer

Female

______________לַבַּת הֲיִי אֲשֶׁר תִּהְיִי וַהֲיִי בְּרוּכָה בַּאֲשֶׁר תִּהְיִי

_______________ (her name),

Hayi asher tihyi – vahayi berukhah ba’asher tihyi.

To: _________, Be who you are – and may you be blessed in all that you are.

Male

____________לַבֵּן הֱיֵה אֲשֶׁר תִּהְיֶה וֶהֱיֵה בָּרוּךְ בַּאֲשֶׁר תִּהְיֶה

________________ (his name),

Heyeyh asher tihyeh – veheyeyh barukh ba’asher tihyeh.

Be who you are – and may you be blessed in all that you are.

From The Book of Blessings (Boston: Beacon Press), copyright 1996 by Marcia Lee Falk

Texts

Numbers 6:24 – 26

The LORD bless you and protect you!

The LORD deal kindly and graciously with you!

The LORD bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace!

Jeremiah 29:11

For I am mindful of the plans I have made concerning you—declares the LORD—plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a hopeful future.

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of ages past; Ask your father, he will inform you, Your elders, they will tell you.

 

Poem

from HeyNowNow

Be who you are, nothing more, nothing less.
And let the beauty that you love be the very best.
Sing praises to the highest with your feet on the ground.
And reach for your brothers with the words that you sound.
And, don’t let mistakes be so monumental, and
don’t let your love be so confidential, and
don’t let your mind be so darn judgmental. And,
please let your heart be more influential.”

Michael Franti

For Graduation [Bolinas, 1972]

Round and round
again, and
up and down
again—always
these days do
go by, and
this one is yours
to go by.
This walking on
and on, this
going and coming—
this morning
shines such lovely
light on
all of us.
We’re home.

Robert Creeley, 1926 – 2005

Psalm

Psalm 20:1 -6

For the leader. A psalm of David.
May the LORD answer you in time of trouble, the name of Jacob’s God keep you safe.
May He send you help from the sanctuary, and sustain you from Zion.
May He receive the tokens of all your meal offerings, and approve your burnt offerings. Selah.
May He grant you your desire, and fulfill your every plan.
May we shout for joy in your victory, arrayed by standards in the name of our God.
May the LORD fulfill your every wish.

Song

Lechi Lach (Debbie Friedman) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8WrShnKTWY

Other Resources