Namine has been confirmed in the Lutheran church.

For the past three years, Namine has been taking confirmation classes at our church: the one an hour and a half away from where we currently live. When we moved — or rather, when we knew we’d be moving — we discussed whether or not she could stay in her current class with her confirmation teacher.

Because of Covid, our church established a virtual class infrastructure in order to keep classes going during the pandemic. While the church did resume in-person classes for Namine’s third year of confirmation classes, they were willing to let Namine continue attending virtually.

Confirmation pictures

In the couple days before Namine’s confirmation, we had quite a lot of driving ahead of us. We had to meet at the church for rehearsal and pictures, during which I was reminded how much Namine has grown.

Pre-confirmation party

Namine’s confirmation class was so large that the church split them up across two services. Namine was in the second service, which was later in the afternoon. As a result, we decided to host her celebration party prior to the service.

Not as many family members were able to come as we’d liked (or anticipated), but we had a wonderful time with the ones who did. We may have overdone it with the food, but that’s okay.

Confirmation service

Every child being confirmed chose a verse from the Bible which spoke to them in some way. Namine chose Romans 5:8 as hers.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

Every child also wrote a short essay on why they chose that verse. This is what Namine wrote:

I chose Romans 5:8 because it shows God’s love for us. We know that God sacrificed Jesus for us, but while some may only think of him as our Savior or friend, I also think family. When you need help, you can count on family to be there for you, no matter what. That’s just what Jesus did. Even though we were enemies of God, Jesus came down to earth and died for us. This verse reminds me that God is always there; guides me down the path of believing in him; and reminds me that God sacrificed Jesus for us. Jesus inspires me to help others, just as he did. He teaches me to love others, because when we were unlovable God loved us. Even though others may hurt me and seem unlovable, God loving me provides an example of loving others when they seem unworthy. Despite my sinfulness, this verse is a reminder of what God did for me. This verse inspires me to help, love, and care for others.

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