Coming back together as a class, in our high school auditorium, is special. It not only brings back a lot of memories but it gives everyone a chance to catch up on what has happened to our classmates. We heard about their careers, families, highlights in their lives, and disappointments as well. It is amazing that some of the people whom you think would go down certain paths changed dramatically after high school and ventured into a new lifestyle with new ideas and a different vision for the future.
Many of my classmates remained true to their intentions of being in certain career fields and made tremendous accomplishments with their time and vocations. We have doctors, lawyers, high ranking officials in business and government, entrepreneurs, white collar and blue collar workers that have done well for themselves as well as those who started and maintained their own business adventures.
You can say that our class has been very successful in their endeavors and now that retirement has come for many of us, we can say it is well deserved. We have also had members that have faced hardships but have also had the resolve to overcome whatever problems they encountered.
All of us can look back to our time in school, and this is from the first grade through the twelfth, we had God in school with us and our teachers made sure that our devotionals were given and that our day began with prayer. We were not afraid of showing our love and friendships for each other because we also had administrators and teachers with common sense.
We have lost several members of our class. Some of them seemed bigger than life itself, however due to war, sickness, accidents, or some other reason, the Lord called them home. We are saddened that they couldn’t be with us on this special reunion day, however we know that we will see them again when the Lord takes all of us home. All of us need to be ready for when the Lord comes again or calls us home. We need to have Christ in our lives and live for Him instead of the world.
It is our desire and the Lord’s promise that one day we will have that great reunion and be with our spouses, family members, and class members that have gone on before us. We ask ourselves what this reunion will be like. It will be a place of perfect peace and eternal bliss. It will be the love and comfort of all our loved ones who have been assembled by His Holy Spirit, without any of the tensions or prejudice or squabbles or differences that marred our relationships through these years in the flesh. It will be perfect harmony in Him.
In Revelation 21:3-4 says, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne of God saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.””
What about you? Will you be a part of that Great Reunion Day?
Prayer: Father God thank you for the assurance that we will live with you in eternity. I pray for all of my family, friends, and classmates that we will all be together when you call us home. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Revelation 20:11-15; Monday – Ezekiel 37:1-14; Tuesday – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Wednesday – Zephaniah 3:17; Thursday - Ephesians 1:1-14; Friday - Isaiah 41:10; Saturday – Hebrews 11:1-3.)
(Daily Corinthian columnist and Corinth native Gary Andrews is retired after 35 years in the newspaper and magazine business. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)