Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?
Yesterday, December 10, was the day of my Confirmation. It is true that I am “old” compared to other people when they get confirmed but it’s been an issue in our church that people get confirmed a lot later than they ought to for various reasons. So, by my church’s standards, I’m actually quite young to be getting confirmed–the youngest in probably a decade or more. It’s something that we’ve been working to get fixed but it’s a slow and tedious process. We’re making baby steps towards it and improvement is certainly there. We just have to be patient and trust that the Lord will answer our prayers regarding this matter.
The verse that my pastor chose as my Confirmation verse is Psalm 55:22:
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (KJV)
This is reminiscent, in some ways, of the verse that I chose as my favorite verse during my examination last week which was Psalm 9:9:
“The Lord also will be a Refuge for the oppressed, a Refuge in times of trouble.” (KJV)
Both of these verses remind me that God is on my side even if the world, perhaps, is not. My Confirmation verse, however, is also one that reminds me to cast my burdens and troubles upon the Lord and “take it to the Lord in prayer.” Since I have now referenced the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, I figure that it is a good time to talk about the hymn that was chosen for my Confirmation: “Let Me Be Thine Forever” (TLH #334).
1. Let me be Thine forever,
Thou faithful God and Lord;
Let me forsake Thee never
Nor wander from Thy Word.
Lord, do not let me waver,
But give me steadfastness,
And for such grace forever
Thy holy name I’ll bless.
2. Lord Jesus, my Salvation,
My Light, my Life divine,
My only Consolation,
Oh, make me wholly Thine!
For Thou hast dearly bought me
With blood and bitter pain.
Let me, since Thou hast sought me,
Eternal life obtain.
3. And Thou, O Holy Spirit,
My Comforter and Guide,
Grant that in Jesus’ merit
I always may confide,
Him to the end confessing
Whom I have known by faith.
Give me Thy constant blessing
And grant a Christian death.
I think that this hymn is an absolutely beautiful Confirmation hymn. It was sung at the beginning of the Divine Service and definitely put myself and my cousins who were getting confirmed with me in mind of the Confirmation vows that we were about to take. The whole service, in fact, caused me to meditate upon my faith and the profession that we had made on Wednesday, December 6. The sermon text that my pastor chose was Isaiah 43:1:
“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.” (KJV)
The sermon, like the rest of the service, was greatly instrumental in causing myself to reflect on my faith, to renew my baptismal vows to myself (as I should everyday) before renewing them publicly before the congregation, and to examine myself before going to the Lord’s Supper for the first time.
I realize that this post is very scattered and all-over-the-place. I wish that I had the ability to make things make sense in this sort of post but alas, my mind doesn’t seem to want to focus on any one thing for too long and I cannot be as eloquent as I would like to be. But then, I suppose that this post is mostly for me to look back on in the coming years to remember my Confirmation. I, of course, will be very glad if others draw something from it but, in the end, I have written this post mostly to reflect on later. It is a day that I want to remember forever and in this way, I am preserving it in my memory almost exactly the way that it was as I remembered it.
Vielen Dank und tschüss!