Peace be with you all.
I’ve started work on our worship celebration for Confirmation Sunday on May 6th. As I was developing a liturgical order for the bulletin, it reminded me of the oath that the confirmands will make that day. Up to this point in their lives, it was parents and sponsors, pastor and congregation who sought to live up to their promises to God to help each of these young people to come to this moment when they add [I emphasize the word ADD] their promises to ours.
It got me thinking of my own promises in my confirmation, but it didn’t stop there. It just got started. There were my promises to Karen in our marriage, the promises I made for each of my children as their father and countless other children as their pastor [promises at each baptism I’ve done over 39 years], my ordination promises, and the list goes on. In every one of these cases, I made my promise, gave my oath, pledged my solemn word TO GOD!
I wonder how many of us realize that it is to God we are making our promise to when we declare for all to hear, “I do solemnly swear” or words to that effect. I promised God!
As Christians, we makes our promises to God. By joining a church [at least a Lutheran church], being confirmed as we add our promises to the baptismal ones made on our behalf, serving on a church board or council, we promise to God that we will engage in regular worship, continue to seek out and study God’s holy and precious Word, and strive to be an example of Christ-like living for others to see. We promised God!
In reflecting on just a few of the things I thought and did on Monday this week, I’m not pleased with my promise keeping. Hold that thought the next time you give your word, “So help me God” and remember the One you are making your promise to — God.
Have a good week.
Pastor Lee R. Harder