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February 20th, 2006
11:00 pm


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LSM on Sunday was beautiful. I was blessed, in that many of my friends had made the effort to come and support me. I have found my deeper faith by watching those I love live their godly lives around me; it was wonderful to have them with me at my confirmation. Father Andrew has always emphasised the event as being for the whole congregation, "we" instead of "I", but the overwhelming feeling I had of being part of the whole body of christ, as people from all denominations gathered to share in my joy, was very special. And that meant a lot to me, coming as I do from so many backgrounds, having walked so many roads towards God; it was good to be reminded I was coming home to the Church in all its fullness, not just to Little St Mary's.

And being so supported and loved, I could face the service just as I was. Can I still feel the oil of chrism, always invisible, traced on the surface of my skin? Can I still hear the strong refrains of our praises to the everlasting king raised to heaven? Can I return to that place in my heart, where the gentle sounds of "just as I am" took me, leaving me awestruck that by grace I am welcomed home and forgiven? Can I still taste the tang of communion wine on my lips, a meeting with the divine, with Wisdom, Sacrifice, Community and Love? Can I find again that Easter joy filling my soul as clear as fresh spring water, or the fall of crystal tears?

See, I get confirmed, and still all I have is endless questions *grin*

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Date:February 20th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I am very pleased for you. Christ be with you in your continuing journey!
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Date:February 20th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations - I'm so pleased for you :) (that sounds very old, but never mind, I mean it) *bounce*
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Date:February 20th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :) xx
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Date:February 20th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful - thankyou so much for putting it into words :) *adds to memories*
Date:February 20th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)

That sounds amazing. Thanks for verbalising.
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Date:February 20th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You word it all so well, better than I ever could when it happened to me. :)
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Date:February 20th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
I love you!
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Date:February 21st, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Yay. *hug* Congratulations.
Date:February 21st, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
I'm happy you're happy... I think :-)

I did consider coming down but I wasn't sure I would be all that helpful.

I do wish you would do a post explaining why you did it though!!!!
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Date:February 21st, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
Sorry I missed it - I was thinking of you.
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Date:February 21st, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
This made me shiver. Congratulations, and sorry I couldn't make it up - I was teaching in Junior Church at Holy Trinity & St. Augustine.
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Date:February 21st, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Arg, you mentioned it to me the other week at climbing, and I then completely missed it, sorry!
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Date:February 21st, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for you! Sorry I couldn't be there, lending lurking support, but I'm very happy for you :)

And questions are always there to be asked! :)
From:Dave Holland [org.uk]
Date:February 21st, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
I can't answer any of your questions... but I hope that your confirmation is always something that you'll look back on as a positive and meaningful event.
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Date:February 22nd, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry I couldn't be there to see it; come to think of it, I've not seen you for ages. This should be remedied.
Date:February 22nd, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Wonderful. Do keep us posted as your journey progresses. (-:
Date:February 22nd, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
Congrats! For some reason, my diary had your confirmation down on the 27th. Weird. So, yeah, didn't consider turning up.
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