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Eckerd College Commencement
Speeches and Remarks

Benediction
Chaplain Mona Bagasao

It seems to me in this commencement celebration you've been given a big chunk of advice, that it was given IN a short time and given FOR a long time - your lifetime. But it was good advice. So even if your ears and brain didn't catch it all as it flew by, I know your spirits did.

So, I pray for you God's blessings. God's blessings as you live life like one of Prof. Miekes's poems: simple and clear on the surface, complex and-if necessary - a little scary underneath.

God's blessings as you leave your yellow bikes and contintue on down the yellow brick road. I encourage you to not spend all your time with scarecrows, trying to get brains. Hang out with some tinmen and work on your heart.

God's blessings as you tell time in these telling times, knowing that what tells the most and best about you is the relationships you have with the world around you.

God's blessings that you'll always have the means and the ocassions to serve bread with wine. Always serve wine. But, please, don't whine.

God's blessings as you continue to change your lives so that you can change the world.

God's blessings, God's peace on us all. Amen

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