Of all the things I do as Associate Pastor for Youth, I don't think anything is more rewarding than walking young people through Confirmation. This process of claiming one's Christian faith is a beautiful reality. As one of our confirmands will share Sunday in her statement of faith, becoming a member of the church is becoming a member of a family, God's family. I will have many more friends. I will have opportunities to make new friends and to help the needy. I will learn more about my faith and will have friends to guide me in my search. I will learn what I am meant to do. I am a child of God.
This confirmand gets it, as, I think, all 19 of them do. Professing one's faith is one of life's true treasures as we discover that God adopts us into God's family.
Confirmation has been an exciting four month process with these exuberant, wide-eyed young people spanning the ages from 7th to 12th grade. They are ready to rise up and set sail on their faith journeys.
So come encourage them-and be encouraged-this Sunday in both our worship services. Some will share their faith statements at 9 and others at 11. As I say often, it is a beautiful thing to see the body of Christ at work!
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Prayer for Today
We thank you, O God, for the gift of faith, and for giving our confirmands the wings to fly like eagles. Amen.