I don’t know how I became the mom of a big kid, but somehow over the course of thirteen years, it has happened. July was a big kid month for Thomas. First, he got his second round of braces, and then on July 30, he was confirmed as a member of our church.
We hadn’t planned on a July confirmation, but Thomas was ready, and when we learned that our pastor would be leaving soon, we decided to go ahead with it. I cut a good two inches off his hair and bought him dress pants and a tie for the event. My parents graciously ordered a cake and then drove the three hundred miles to be here; and several family friends came to show their support. Jack also helped to make the day special for his brother by playing his Boccherini Minuet at the beginning of the service, this time without any cello mishaps!
The service itself was just right. Our pastor has a way of making people feel special, and I think that was certainly true for Thomas on his confirmation day. As for me, the experience was kind of surreal. I still have a toddler so I am used to being pretty hands-on at church, and yet here was my firstborn, standing all on his own and confessing his faith. I didn’t have to do anything. I was simply a witness to the faith that the Holy Spirit had planted in my son.
So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” John 11:16
Thomas, the disciple, is usually remembered for his moment of doubt, but in this verse we see how loyal he really is. This is the confirmation verse Pastor Andrew chose for our Thomas. We pray that by God’s grace, our confirmand may be loyal and faithful to his Savior all the days of his life.