By Naomi R.

Confirmation Class of 2015

My verse is Joshua 1:9,

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The theme is you are not alone.

My first response to death is fear and sadness. In my verse God promises to be with me always, and tells me to be “strong and courageous.” That means I can face my fear and sadness and hold on to His promises. I am not alone.

God, the Trinity, is with me wherever I go. The Father provides for me in my daily life. The Son walks with me and helps me stay strong. Jesus, in His death and resurrection, has beaten death and the devil. Through baptism I get the promise of eternal life in the new creation. The Spirit keeps me in the faith and helps me resist temptation. I can face death and the devil in Him. I will hold on and never let go.

This verse has helped me in the past. I have been through many family deaths and sickness in the past two years. This verse helped me through one of the hardest.

When my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer about two years ago it got treated and went away, or at least we thought it did. About 6 months later we found it again; this time we were not as lucky. When Grandpa died 6 months later it was very hard on our entire family. Joshua 1:9 told me that I didn’t have to go through this alone and to be strong. “Whom shall I fear? I know who goes before me; I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side.” I am never alone.

In the future, through many rough times in my life, I will go back to this verse to help me through it and to remind me I am not alone.

You are not alone!

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