I am guessing that many of you have heard that Daniel Barnes, Sarah Larson and Johnathan Seaver will be confirmed this Sunday as part of our worship service. This may be a new concept to some of you so I wanted to just give you a quick description of what this yearly event is exactly.
What is Confirmation? Good Question. Let me paint a picture to try and give perspective.
I used to think that I knew a great deal about virtually everything; at least everything that mattered. This state of mind occurred for me about 40 years ago. Since then I have progressively come to know less and less, at least as a percentage of possible knowledge perspective. In other words, for every piece of additional comprehension I gain I realize six things that I have absolutely no mastery over.
At thirteen, I understood the best possible way to do many things and it just so happened that it was almost always the opposite method my parents felt made the most sense. I knew that virtually nothing in the world was the same as it was 25 years ago, therefore I would need to assist [or correct] my parents if they were going to make it at all in the modern world. Ouch, I need to confess that I really was quite difficult to live with and I am thankful for parents with unparalleled patience.
So, what does this have to do with Confirmation?
Well, there are things that we do know about God; they are absolute and always. There are other things that fall into mystery and we leave them in God’s hands. In Confirmation we try to find and understand the absolutes of God, knowing that the revelation will grow all through our lives We also try to know where to trust God and just rest in the fact that He loves us and always knows what is best. Confirmation is two years of looking at God, understanding more about God and ourselves, and finally confessing to us today that the ultimate answer to life is wrapped up in the life, death and resurrection of JESUS!
Confirmation is not…
* A graduation from the Church
* An ending to “Studying God’s Word”
* A dry tradition that means virtually nothing
* A celebration of faith and life that really matters
* A continuation –both personally and congregationally from generation to generation
* An invitation to trust in God; to serve Him today and always
* A congregational event that recognizes the old Gospel is always NEW!
Daniel, Sarah, and Johnathan
– You are God’s Beloved! How good is that?
I am sitting in the doctor’s office this morning and unable to put many thoughts together so I am cheating and sending something I read that I really liked. It is a simple story that can show up in your life or mine on any given day. By the way, just needed some anti-biotics to deal with my issues. Should be ready to roll by Sunday. See you then!
Let me tell you about Mary - I heard Mary before I met her.
She was vacuuming the top level of the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, MO. We got there just as it opened and there was only one other couple enjoying the interactive displays and the assembled historic memorabilia.
When we finally reached the top level, Mary turned off the vacuum and waited.
I forgot how we got to talking, but before I knew it, Mary was telling me all about how she left home at 15, how she was 83 now and was thinking of retiring this summer, but couldn’t see herself sitting around watching TV and staring at the 4 walls all day.
When she told me why she returned to Hannibal, MO from California in 1957, her voice caught on the tears barely held back.
“My mother had that cancer of the blood, the leukemia,” Mary looked far off, deep into the memory that still hadn’t healed. “I moved in with her. Stayed with her at the hospital too, ‘cause I had to turn her every hour, the pain was so bad.”
We were both silent for a few moments. I gave her a hug, and was happy to see her smile again :))).
“Oh, I know. I need to get this front tooth fixed! Broke it clean off eating some peanut brittle. They wanted $80 to glue it back to my dentures, but I’m gonna wait ‘til I get my new ones. They don’t pay me that much here!”
I just know that Mark Twain would’ve appreciated Mary and her honest, no-nonsense wit and open heart ❤️. I’m grateful to know just enough about Mary, to have found her address :)))
I’ve sent her enough to get that tooth glued in proper, along with a little extra for maybe a supper out, along with my anonymous good wishes and blessings.
Gives me such a smile to think of Mary smiling wide and not being embarrassed to show her pearly whites :))))).
Enjoy God’s Kindness and let it flow through you,
Pastor Nick Mundis