What to write in a graduation card

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Graduation season is upon us! If there's a high school or college graduate in your life you probably want to celebrate their accomplishments and encourage them as they begin a new chapter in life. You may be wondering what to write in a graduation card beyond a token "congratulations." Or you might be searching for the perfect Bible verse for graduation.

Read on for 3 things you can write in a card for graduates:

1. Tell your graduate what gifts you seen in them

2. Write a personalized prayer or blessing for your graduate

3. Share your own story with your graduate

Pen in hand? You got this! Let's write a message to be remembered.

Helpful hint: many young folks are not able to read cursive so you're better off printing.

Christian graduation card with Psalm 106:1

1. Tell your graduate what gifts you seen in them

Many graduates don't have a clear next step in mind or they might have anxiety about the choices they have already made. Either way, calling out the God-given gifts you see in them can go a long way in boosting their confidence. 

Share what you see and share the growth you've observed in them. Delight in who they already are and reassure them God will use them. I especially love Ephesians 2:10 as a promise we all have work to do.

2. Write a personalized prayer or blessing for your graduate

Try a list form with the heading "my prayers for you." Things that might be on your list: peace in your heart, good health, a sense of direction, the feeling of home.

Or model your blessing after the one found in Numbers 6:24-26. Or perhaps add a few personalized lines to the end of the Scripture.

3. Share your own story with your graduate

If the graduate in your life has only known you as a settled and secure adult, then they might now know the journey the Lord has taken you on. 

Maybe you changed your major a time or 2 or 10. Maybe you switched careers in midlife (or more than once!). Maybe God has surprised you in some unexpected way. 

Share your honest story along with the hard-earned wisdom God has gifted you with. Your personal musings might just be the reassurance your graduate needs.

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