Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6 (NRSV) – “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands…”

Sometimes we walk alone on our Journey with God, and with our faith, and sometimes we walk with company. Tabitha (my wife) and I had the privilege of being mentors to Trinity’s most-recent Confirmation Class. In that role, we were asked to attend the Confirmation retreat at Lake Junaluska with the class this past April.

Tabitha and I were excited, but did not really know quite what to expect – this was an adventure in asking youths to open themselves up, after all, to us and to complete strangers! Some of the Confirmands Tab had known since they were newborns, and some we went in with an almost new relationship. What would this have in store for these young women and men? We were blown away by their willingness to share! We were proud of their behavior, poise, presence, and excitement. One of the high-points of the weekend involved the adult-leaders getting to lay a stole designed by one of the Confirmands on their shoulders, and say a few words, lay hands on them, and offer a prayer. The presence of the Holy Spirit in that room, in those moments, was overwhelming for me. The feeling of a rekindling of the gift of God that the faiths of each of these youths represent – the maturing of their faith into their own on this journey to confirmation, is one that will stay with me, and I pray will stay with each of them. In these moments we were blessed to be with company on our Journey with God.

Prayer: Father, God, I pray that you lay your hands on me so that I might do your work and build your Kingdom.

John Merkel