From Island Park to the ends of the world,
the berries marking river’s bend
ripen as much to call you on
as fare you well come this day’s turn.
From the river of life you’ve grown up along,
trestle bridge and balloons rising sun,
we’ve pushed and pulled and seen you grow,
we’ve prayed and learned with those teaching you.
And now we pray full as you go,
the Spirit’s blessing empower you,
remember who and Whose you are,
God’s dream and vision to carry through.
“River-sent” by William B. Jones, on the occasion of a Baccalaureate Service held on Pentecost.
Pentecost, the fiftieth day (pente = five) after Easter, when the Holy Spirit descended that our “sons and daughters might prophesy” (Acts 2). Baccalaureate, a farewell message, from Latin “baca” berry + “laureus” laurel = symbol of accomplishment.
Island Park Balloon Rise Photo copyright Joe Tecza, all rights reserved.