It’s a joy to share with you pictures of our daughter Bridgette’s First Communion. It was one of the best days of my life as we celebrated her receiving the wine and the bread and the gift of everlasting life.
In keeping with tradition, the first grade moms at Bridgy’s school served as hostesses for the reception that followed the service. Everything was beautiful. To top things off, my friend Julie made these wonderful cup-and-wafer cookies.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
“Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy 31: 12-13)
There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (John 2: 1-2)
God Is Our Refuge and Fortress.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge —
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
He Died For Us.
When we were sinners, Jesus came,
and took upon himself our blame;
willing to bear our sin and shame,
he died for us.
The Son of Man fulfilled God’s plan,
conceived before the world began;
He died for us.
There once stood a wall, deep and wide,
strong and tall, there it stood, built of all our unholiness.
But this man, by his blood broke the wall,
loosed the flood of the mercies of God for us all!
So now God offers to each one because of Jesus,
his own Son, who died for us. He died for us.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119)
He looks beyond our faults and sees our needs.
“I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,
To view the cross, where Jesus died for me
How marvelous, His grace that caught my falling soul
He Looked beyond my faults and saw my need…”
Our souls will never be apart, Bridgette. You were chosen by God to enter my womb and then come into my life on that beautiful day in July 2007. We will walk together on this earth for just a short while, but we will celebrate perfect life together throughout eternity. This is the promise of God through His son Jesus Christ. But, have everlasting life!
Post Script: Dear Bridgy,
In 1930, my father came into the world in a house on a dirt road in West Texas. His life was so incredibly hard. At times, his flesh was weak and even broken, but he always loved God. Always praised Him. Always believed. His greatest legacy is that his entire household was saved and continues to grow in faith. A humble household of believers of which you are a part. His legacy lives on through me and now you. So many tiny seeds planted so long ago. They now grow in the garden of you! This is why we can never fail the Lord. Not because we fear failing Him, but because our tiny flickers of belief are stronger than our greatest weakness. No matter what happens in life, we can keep on believing. His help is always within your reach. Congratulations on your First Communion. I will celebrate you forever! –Mommy