From Pomp and Circumstance into the Real World

“Pomp and Circumstance” is ringing in the air as graduation season approaches. This life milestone means workplaces across the country are gaining a fresh crop of employees eager to begin chasing their dreams. Likewise, those employers desire to capture “the brightest and best” to work with them on behalf of their corporate mission.

One question:

 Into what kind of “real world” are today’s students/tomorrow’s employees graduating?

The days ahead promise to be unlike any we’ve seen before — both in our workplaces and in society. This truth will affect many facets of life — the technologies we use, for sure, but more importantly the culture we face.

Consider this:

The reality — the circumstance — of tomorrow may not match the pageantry — the pomp — of today.


For example, the “graduation march” was written by English composer Edward Elgar just before The Great War, World War I, which engulfed the globe in unprecedented turmoil and bloodshed. Over sixteen million people were killed and another twenty million were wounded, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. By the time it was over, the celebratory “Pomp and Circumstance” had evolved into musical compositions of a tragic tone.

In 2015:

In this day of technological innovation and scientific advancement, one question still remains: “What about the human heart?”

One thing is certain; the need for the Good News of Jesus Christ, and His love, has not changed.

It will remain the message that…

     …transforms hearts from selfishness to godliness.

     …meets the deepest human needs for peace, purpose and belonging.

     …is the true hope of the world.

It’s this divine message that…

     …our chaplains steadfastly represent and proclaim 24/7 in hundreds of workplaces, with roughly a ¼ million employees and their families.

    …when you prayerfully and financially support us, is embedded into hearts and lives.

Please join us in offering real people an enduring hope for real life in His Name where they spend most of their waking hours – the workplace. We – and they – will be very grateful.

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Preston Parrish, CEO


 “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain…” (Hebrews 1:10-11).  

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