Today I had breakfast with around 25 or so of my classmates from the Northern Lebanon High School Class of 1969. It was a great time of renewing friendships and fellowshipping around the tables with those we haven’t seen for decades in some cases. We were a fairly large class for our district at around 200 students. We were broken down into Academic, Business, Agricultural and Industrial Arts studies. Some of us (like me) married our high school sweethearts. We all had great dreams and aspirations. As typical, a great many went on to further schooling earning degrees of one sort or another and many went right into the work-a-day world and some even started businesses of their own.
Life happened. Many of us married and started families with sons and daughters and grandchildren to ultimately follow. We lived in the greatest nation on earth and the opportunities for success were unlimited. We put in our days and nights of work at raising the next generation and making a living to feed the mouths around the table and the decades piled up and time flew by. Our waistlines grew, our hair turned gray and for some like me fell out all-together! But God was good as usual and we enjoyed the blessings of freedom and opportunity in America unlike in any other country on the face of the globe.
Our class is much smaller now, in fact the toll of life starting reducing our numbers within a month of graduation as a car crash took one of our young men even before his dreams could be realized. That’s the way life is. Didn’t our Lord Jesus’ brother James say “For ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”? (James 4:14)
Yes, many of our classmates are gone already having stepped from this world into eternity. How much then should we treasure the time we have together and the friendships which we can still foster in order to support and encourage each other as the golden years arrive? When we used to meet up with one another the question would often be asked, “Where are you working?” But now the question typically is, “Are you still working?” Ha ha! Yes, for those of us Class of 69’ers born in 1950-51 this year will see most of us finally reach that good old age of 65 when Americans have been programmed to tear up their time cards and spend time with the grandkids. Not a bad idea!
I would be remiss if I didn’t close with an encouragement to make your “faith” provisions now, so that the class of 1969 could spend eternity together rejoicing around the throne of heaven. For Jesus Himself said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Trust Him today and let’s be “Forever Friends”. See you next time Lord willing.
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