Middle School Graduation Letter

May 4, 2011

Anna Banana,

As you conclude Middle School and prepare for High School, we are very proud of you. Not because of your athletic ability in soccer and basketball. Not because of your good grades or thriftiness. Not because of your unique, colorful, and neat style of dress. Nor is it because of your leadership on the soccer field or at Campus Life. Though you can quickly mow the lawn, that is not the reason either. All of this brings us delight, but our pride in our Anna Joy springs forth from something deeper.

We are very proud of you because of who you are on the inside. You have a compassionate spirit for others, especially

This photo was taken the night my wife and I read this letter to Anna.

those who are friendless and lonely. You have a good sense of justice—desiring fairness for all. You are a true friend to many people.

We like the way you think and question. You ask good questions that show you desire to know the truth and do what is right. You are not afraid to question the common beliefs and practices of others if you think those practices might not line-up with God’s will for us. Way to go, girl. We love it!

Though your heart is set on serving in law enforcement one day, we don’t know what plans God ultimately has for you. What we know, however, is that whatever it is, God will use you to extend mercy, compassion and justice to others. You will be someone who can be trusted to do what is right, not thinking of your own needs.

As you enter High School we pray you will continue to make the right choices in friends—maintaining close friendships with people who will help you draw closer to God and choose what is holy and good. You have shared with us your commitment to live holy and pure. We are so grateful for your determination. Many of your schoolmates will choose to walk down a wide and crowded path of wrong; we pray your commitment to not stroll down this path will only grow deeper.

With this in mind, we leave you with this passage of Scripture from I Corinthians 10: 12-13

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted
beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,
he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

With much love,

Mom & Dad

See also A College Graduation Letter


Jack Bruce  lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and four children.

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