I was blown away. Here’s a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He wasn’t sure if the country he calls home — the only one he’s known – was going to deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself. He wasn’t even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he’s going to bring people along with him.
It says something about our situation today that I can’t even say his name because I don’t want to put him at risk. But if a high school senior who doesn’t know what the future holds for him can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too.
So before you walk out those gates one last time, and as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a big challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking of her future when I tuck her in at night. And it goes: “May the source of strength, who’s blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.”
I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.
Congratulations, Class of 2017! Good luck out there.