My 45th Class Reunion
The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good, but true friendship is better still.[a].
I came very close to saying, I’ll just plan to attend the next reunion, which will be the 50th Class Reunion. I am so thankful that God impressed upon my heart to attend this one. Who knows how many of us will still be around to attend the 50th. I certainly hope that God sees fit to allow me to be one of the ones there. Wow! It has been 45 years since I graduated from high school in 1974. My how quickly the time flies!
This past Labor Day Weekend was my 45th Class Reunion Celebration. I am still trying to figure out where the time has gone. In the busyness of living, lifetime slips away, and before you know it, you realize that maybe you should have savored more of the good times.
I must say getting to spend time with my classmates was a blast! Of course, there were many that I did not recognize, or if the face was familiar I had forgotten the name of the person. I have no doubt that they were probably thinking the same thing about me. It was hilarious and we all laughed about it because everyone was in the same boat.
The committee that was in charge of planning the event had a brilliant idea! They made copies of photos from our senior class yearbook. With these photos, they created really cute name tags with our maiden names on them. That was a lifesaver for those of us that were struggling. Some of us had stayed in touch over the years, such as my best friend Deborah and I. We have been best friends since the 9th grade. She and her husband came in from Tennessee, and as always we had a great time. Some of my other close friends were there as well, and it was great to see them. There was reminiscing of the good old days, and there was dancing to the tunes of the ’70s and lots of great laughs. Even our husbands were having a great time and they didn’t know anyone.
I must say there were some sad moments also. There was a special time during the banquet designated to pay tribute to our classmates that have already passed on. It was difficult to see how many class members that we have already lost. As their Senior class photos flashed on the screen, my mind went back to our early years together. Some of them were not only high school classmates, but some were also classmates from elementary school. To my recollection, there were thirty-three photos that came up on the screen and who knows how many have passed on that we are not aware of.
During those moments I was reminded, that it was only by God’s grace, mercy and divine protection that I was still here, to witness another year with friends that I have known since my childhood.
Because my schedule is so busy most of the time with prior commitments,
As we all have departed to go our separate ways once again for another five years, I pray that our next reunion will be just as much fun, and filled with just as much gratitude as this one was.
There is absolutely nothing like the friends from our youth. They know the real us and we know the real them.
What a joyful weekend we had! I am so glad that God allowed my husband and I to go and return home safely.
Life Lessons From My Reunion Weekend
1. Great friends are a gift from the Lord. If you are blessed with them, never take the time that you spend with them for granted.
17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
- Life is brief and we must truly put forth every effort to capture and enjoy every precious moment. Accomplish the things that are on your heart to accomplish, because someday it will be too late.
14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
1st Peter 1:24
24 As the Scriptures say,
“People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
3. The life that you are creating for yourself now, will be the memories that you will cherish in the future, so create good memories.
12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.
- My Reunion Weekend also reminded me, that in our society so much of our time is focused on work. In order for our lives to be more enjoyable, we should participate in more fun activities to keel\p a healthy balance. Without balance, life becomes hard and stressful which also can lead to disease.
- Ecclesiastes 8:15
15 So I recommend having fun because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die.
18 Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.