Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
I remember being confirmed as a teenager in the late 90s. The pastor at the church I went to was named Rev. Pat. She had a very bubbly personality and had a very fascinating life. Her husband worked for the state department and they had lived in a lot of places. I had never heard of confirmation at the time. The church was really small so maybe there were just not a lot of people that were in their teenage years before me.
Anyway, Rev. Pat decided to start up confirmation so a few others and I attended class for a few hours on Saturdays. In the class, she went over a lot of Methodist history. We learned about Martin Luther, John Wesley, and others. I had learned about the Bible my entire life through Sunday School, but I had never really taken time to learn about the history of the Methodist church. The one quote that always stuck out to me from confirmation class was from John Wesley. It is the very popular quote - "Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can." I encourage us to try to make it a daily habit to use that quote in our lives. Our confirmation is a path on our discipleship journey and allows us to show a commitment to God.
About Melissa Hall
Melissa has attended St. Thomas since 2017. Her husband, Nathan, is the communications committee lead. They have a 5 year old daughter named Everly. Outside of church, She is a software developer and likes to walk/jog.