Since I’m catching up here, I must share Lilah’s Confirmation which she shared with her cousin Courtney.
Back in September 2015, when I was the volunteer coordinator of the religious education program, Courtney asked if she could be confirmed at our church with her cousin. Since she lives out of state, she was able to complete the curriculum, Decision Point at home using a free phone app and a journal. She met several times with the Priest and emailed photos of her completed work.
In some ways it was a long year. Lilah was never connected with her class. She homeschooled religious ed for 7th grade after a cell phone incident involving a picture happened and her teacher would not assist in helping her resolve it with the students and parents. She lost trust, but thankfully did not lose faith. She returned for 8th grade but it never got any better. There was a huge disconnect between what the students were learning in class and how they lived their daily lives. Just one example -- during the Living Stations of the Cross there were selfies taken on the alter. Truly unbelievable behavior from teens about to experience a mature sacrament. Anyway, Lilah learned a lesson about perseverance and judgement and patience and working with others whom you might not like very much.
Her journal was a shared effort. We worked on it together. It became a scrapbook of the year, with every event included (like Living Stations, the Christmas Event at Knight’s of Columbus Musuem, Hashim Garret’s presentation at The Peabody Museum and the many Christian movies we watched). Because we encountered so much sickness last year, we watched many movies and rather than watch mindless movies, I decided to explore the genre of Christian movies. Our list grew and grew and still grows. It includes:
- Saving Christmas
- Grace Unplugged
- War Room
- Finding Normal
- Touched By Grace
- When the Game Stands Tall
- Brother White
- Once I was A Beehive
- Miracles From Heaven
- God’s Not Dead
- Is Heaven for Real
We decided to throw a party for Courtney and Lilah. Invitations were printed and mailed. Cakes were ordered, both regular and gluten free! Presents were purchased. Names were chosen.
Lilah chose the name Olive. It may be legend, but Saint Olive is known to be a 13 year old Italian girl who was kidnaped and taken to Tunesia by invading Muslims. When she was found to perform miracles she was imprisoned and tortured. While imprisoned, she converted many of her captors before she was beheaded. Her sprit rose from her body in the shape of a dove. I happen to have a necklace of my Grandmother’s of a dove stamped on a disc of silver. Lilah wore that necklace during Confirmation and it warmed my heart.
Courtney chose the name Shiphrah, an Old Testament name of a midwife who helped prevent the genocide of Hebrew children by the Egyptians. She wanted a bold name and I am honored to have helped her find this one. I am also honored to have been her sponsor and hope to continue to lead her to a deeper relationship with Christ. My gift to her was a screwdriver, a very cool screwdriver made by Snap On Tools with multiple heads for various jobs. My Dad gave me one years ago and I use it often. In her card I wrote a specific verse and told her while the screwdriver is a tool, the real tool for life is her Bible. I love the decal I purchased from SaltyBiscut’s Etsy site to customize her Bible.
While our paths in religion may be changing, our faith is stronger than ever. I am so proud of these two young women and hope they use their faith to guide them as they mature and hope that they are defined not by what they do, but by who they are, daughters of the Lord.