Speeches & Lectures

A Prayer for Graduates: Invocation by CH (LTC) Karen Meeker at IWP Commencement 2016

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
“Here am I.  Send me.”
Isaiah 6.8

Holy and Everlasting God,

At the birth of this Nation, You called patriots who stepped up and stepped out in faith to establish this land as the home of the brave and free.  May it always be so. 

In every age of this grand experiment, You, O God, sent leaders who answered the call to preserve the peace.  May these graduates now rise to this challenge — a sacred trust passed to each generation.  So high a price paid for our freedom, yet so fragile and fleeting in the hands of those unwilling and unprepared.  May You always find each of us ready to give our lives, our all in the noble pursuit of liberty. 

In Your mercy, confer upon the graduates Your divine wisdom.  As they depart Marlatt Mansion may they occupy positions of prominence and, if it be Your will, one to occupy the other house south on 16th Street. 

God, look with favor upon this institute.  Strengthen our resolve to know and to do what is right in Your sight.  And lead us, O God, toward a more perfect union.  I pray.  Amen.  

“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life.  Just make sure you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom.  Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.” 

Transliteration of Galatians 5.13 from The Message

Commencement IWP
Mayflower Hotel
May 21, 2016
Washington, DC