Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

A square peg.

A couple of weeks ago I started noting this thing about Blissdom all over the blogosphere. And I mean the far corners - for example Sprittibee was going and so was Cecily - not exactly peas in a pod but still two of my favorite bloggers. But as I had neither the desire or funds to take a mid winter trip I remained kind of oblivious to it.

It appears that the Blissdom Conference, held last weekend right next door to the Tea Party Convention, was predominantly conservative Christian in orientation. Still, Cecily gave it a lot of kudos:

"I want to be clear: I honestly LIKED everyone I met. They were all sweet and kind, really. There was such a general feeling of love and sweetness that surrounding the conference,"

I thought that was great and frankly - that's really how it should be, especially in a crowd of Christian women who are there to share ideas in the first place.

A funny thing crossed my mind though - I wonder if I were to go to a predominantly liberal blogging convention if I would come away with the same feeling.  I have serious reservations.  Based on my past experiences on line, I think I'd be lucky to get out without being assaulted. My online encounters (see my side bar for examples) have been insulting and intimidating enough.(Threats to call CPS and come over to "smash" my head come to mind.") I can't imagine that expression of my ideas, conservative or religious views and/or  thoughts, regardless of how benignly delivered would be met with anything approaching tolerance. One of Cecily's commentators gives some illuminating examples. Somehow I can't feel the love and sweetness, can you?