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Seniors ‘can find guidance through God’

An all inclusive Baccalaureate Service for La Cañada High School was held on Tuesday night sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Ecumenical Ministerial Association.

The keynote speaker was Todd Johnston who is the William K. and Delores S. Brehm associate professor of worship, theology and the arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

He related a story of some children in an elementary school in Chicago that were asked to do a life project.

“There were about 40 different nationalities at this school,” Johnston said.


The children were asked to draw a life size portrait of themselves. At the end of the project the students took their very large drawings home.

“In the middle of all of these children one child stopped and looked at his big portrait and asked ‘now what am I going to do with it.’”

He related that question to what graduating seniors will be facing.

“This is the time to look at this life project and look for opportunities that value who you are,” he said.


He told the graduates that the world has not changed that much since he graduated in 1978.

“On behalf of 1978 who would said they would make the world a better place I say ‘oops,’” Johnston said. “It didn’t work.”

He reminded the seniors that they when they are lost they can find guidance through God.