At such a poignant milestone, this prayer captures both the emotion in parents’ hearts and their hopes for their child’s future.
It seems like only yesterday that we were loading up the car, bringing you to school. Where have the years gone? And where will the years take you? To watch you mature into the young adult you have become, to watch you navigate new situations and responsibilities, to watch you overcome hurdles, has been a privilege.
I am filled with pride over all you have accomplished. And I am already proud of all that I know you will accomplish in the years ahead. I am grateful to have accompanied you this far on your journey. The prayer in my heart is that I have done my part to prepare you for this next chapter of your life, as you take your place in the world.
In the words of Debbie Friedman,
May your eyes shine with the light of Torah
And your face be radiant as the brightness of the sky
May your lips speak words of wisdom,
And may the world you live in be the world of your dreams.
Mark this joyous occasion by reciting the blessing of praise, Shehecheyanu.