The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Come, Lord Jesus

Do not let hope give way to dread

It was one of the most moving moments I've ever experienced teaching confirmation. The confirmands made candles for Lori's Advent wreath and went to her home to help decorate a Christmas tree.

It's not often that 24 junior high students keep vigil with an 11-year-old. But Lori knew this would be her last Christmas as her 5-year battle with cancer was coming to an end.

Four weeks later in a bitter cold January wind, we stood with Lori's family. The roses from her casket lay frozen on her grave.

As the confirmands lit votive candles they shared the Easter proclamation, "Christ is risen for you, Lori." We sang "Children of the Heavenly Father":

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