This Week at Trinity, Beamsville
Friday, March 25, 2022
This week I had one of those ‘wish you were here’ moments. It was very far from the kind I associate with postcards, sent from warm and sunny places, with just a hint of gloat. This particular moment was very homegrown, from the comfort of my office, laptop open, and rain pattering on the roof. It was me and the Confirmation Class, gathering on Zoom. It was me, more than once, taking in the lives before me, and wishing you all were there, too, to be reminded of joyful, faithful living.
How could that really come through a screen, from a distance, after such extended times apart? It’s a fair question, but one I’ll answer with confidence. The young adults in this year’s Confirmation Class – these young-ish teenagers who are making the choice to profess their faith – have already chosen to press forward with life, in all of its present challenges. That’s not to say they aren’t affected by what is happening and has been happening for the last two years and more. They are. We all are. What Wednesday afternoon confirmed however, (pun entirely intended) is that they have chosen to be affecters, too. I know that’s not the usual use of that word, but these are young adults who are bringing positive change, with intention. As they regale me with stories of their school days, their friendships, the many pieces and places they juggle in a day, I am very, very aware of the responsibilities they shoulder, already. I am equally aware of their strength, their wisdom, and their remarkable place in this congregation, community, and world.
In the midst of all that, I am so aware of their identity as Christians. I am grateful for that, too. With respect and love, they are making their way in a complex, diverse community of peers, witnessing to what can be, in their words and ways. I know they’ll shy away from the word ‘witness’. Most adults do, too. But that is who we’re called to be, in all the places we travel, the relationships in which we’re invested. You don’t need fancy words. You just need you. This world needs you, pressing forward in faithful living. It is all about marturia: testifying to faith, in public. Maybe someday I’ll spring that word on the Confirmands, too. For now, I’m just humbled to watch them live it.
With love to you all,
p.s. if you’d like another way to invite your friends and neighbours into this community, this church in which they, too are treasured, why not forward on this year’s Lent video, customized just for Trinity Beamsville. You can watch it again here. You can share it far and wide, knowing God’s love has room for everyone.
“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it.
I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”
(C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair)