We give you thanks for every good and perfect gift that comes down from heaven and for the liberality with which you bestow it. By the food that is to be spread before us we recognize the gracious kindness that you demonstrate with poor sinners such as us.
Yet we give you special praise for the gift for which we gather here today. In your wise providence you granted us and this institution the special grace of a diligent servant, faithful supporter, and exceptional mind. You’ve given to this school more than a professor, academician, or administrator. You have granted it a father, a watchman, and a spiritual fortress.
We thank you for the wisdom that you have set down through him, and for the legacy of Truth that has been established by him. We pray that these great things will be of much more enduring power than the bricks and mortar that do make up this campus.
And Father, we beseech you for your blessing upon this evening’s celebrations. May the food be a sweetness to our pallets and strength to our bones. And may the fellowship and memories that are shared be a nourishment to our souls.
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Matt is blessed to be a husband, father, and pastor in Ashland, Ohio.