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"Let all that you do be done with love."
(1 Corinthians 16:14)

 I begin this month’s newsletter with a short quiz.  You will need a blank piece of paper and pen.  Please write the answers in no more than one minute.


1. What was the subject covered by the commencement speaker at your high school and/or college graduation?

2.  Who was the commencement speaker?

If you answered both questions correctly, you are to be congratulated because I will guarantee you that most people can not provide the answers.

(By the way, I am afraid I flunked my own quiz!)

This does not mean the content of a commencement address was not important.  Each speech may have been excellent.  But, I am afraid that after some time passes, most of us do not hold on to such subject matter.  In fact, I do not even remember the names of my commencement speakers. 

So, all of this makes one wonder if any such address is really that beneficial.  But, before I begin questioning its value, let me suggest that it is possible that just one line or just one type of gesture or something….something that is totally unique might just be embedded into the memory banks of graduating students forever resulting in making their earthly journey much easier.

Dr.  Marcus Gause well understands all of this.  He is the principal of T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina.  When it was his turn to speak at his school’s recent commencement exercise, he did something that absolutely shocked everyone in attendance.

Instead of delivering a speech, he decided to use his God given talent to sing a famous song that originated with Dollly Parton and was later recorded by the late Whitney Houston.  He delivered every verse that included these words......

“I hope life treats you kind

And I hope you have all you have dreamed of

And, I’m wishing you joy

But, above all of this, I wish you love.

And, I will always love you.”

Yes, standing at the podium in the enormous Greensboro Coliseum, this principal bid a stunning farewell to the Class of 2021 continually pointing to the students as he engaged them in a message that was delivered with such a professional tone.  The students began cheering throughout the presentation.  

But, let’s be careful.  It was not his intention to make some kind of impression or just do something different.  He sung it because it came straight from his heart. Dr. Gause later stated that the lyrics of the famous song perfectly portrayed what he wanted to tell the class.

Even before this special moment in the lives of the graduates, Principal Marcus Gause was loved by his students so the feeling is mutual and that is the way it should be in a world full of vengeance and hate.

The importance of the timing of this can not be separated from the trials which he and his students and all in education have had to face in the last eighteen months.  Dr Gause says, "One of the things that the pandemic has really taught us is that we need more love, that students know that we love and care for them."

Suppose someone were to give my quiz to these graduating students fifty years from now.  Would they remember?  I believe student Mekhi McRae has already answered that question:  “Mr. Gause was singing to us something I will never forget. He is a big part of why I am who I am today.”   

Yes, but remembering still isn’t sufficient regardless of how the commencement address is delivered.  May we pray that all of these students will transfer the message into all compartments of their life including the workplace where love seems to have become a strange and foreign commodity. 

I know that you agree with me when I say this world is in a mess….our country is in a mess.  It grieves me to think of the deep divisions throughout America which once upon a time did not exist. I’m speaking of conflict between races, conflict between employers and employees, conflict between government leaders, conflict in our homes, and yes…..sadly, conflict in many of our churches.  And, all of this could be easily eliminated if one simple vaccine would be injected into the hearts of humans because……

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No not just for some, but for everyone

Lord, we don't need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last 'til the end of time

What the world needs now is love, sweet love”

(These lyrics made famous by Jackie DeShannon)


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I look forward to being with you in August.   In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.

altVery truly yours,

Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS