Seventeen years ago today I became a mother for the first time to a beautiful little boy. The precise moment I held him and those big brown newborn eyes locked into mine a solid bond was formed. A bond that glues us together forever. A glue that is so strong that makes man’s strongest super glue appear as dry as dust. Nothing can ever change our relationship; we will always be mother and son.
He is a good son; the kind all mother’s dream of; respectful, kind, nice, sweet, gentle, big heart, strong arms, won’t lie, doesn’t steal, forever the gentleman. Seventeen years of memories to mull over and my mind flashes back to a few years ago when he was to be confirmed and asked me if I thought St. Peter would be a good confirmation name for him to choose. Ah, good old Saint Peter the Rock.
I smiled as I thought back to my son the three year old rock collector. My kid, who in reality is now more man then boy, with rock solid judgment tells me when I hem and haw over a decision that I’m over thinking it and just do it. Emotions stir as I think of my late father who by coincidence bore the nickname “Pete” and how his well-founded faith and legacy are being carried on through our son.
Yeah Saint Peter is a perfect confirmation name for the above boy who so like the chosen Saint is strong in faith, unfaltering, forever loyal, and someone devoted to follow Christ.
Simon Peter, the one who Jesus tells He will build His church on this rock foundation and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. The one who is given the keys to the Kingdom of heaven and told what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.
Saint Peter who takes time to write in his second letter a message for all (especially for those who are confirmed Peter) to “do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love.”
May Saint Peter bless and pray for all who by chance stumble upon these words.
(As a personal side note: a special blessing of love and peace goes out to you my son and for Pete’s sake HAPPY BIRTHDAY!)