Well, folks, this post will most likely be the end of the memories of the Fabulous Forty Years Reunion. It was the best and I look forward to the next time we get together… which I understand will be sooner than 10 years… we all enjoyed ourselves so much!
All I have to say is our class of 1974 has CLASS!! We were a beautiful group of folks last night! All gracious and kind and fun. Laughing and carrying on like we were kids again… at least some of you were… lol.
God has blessed me so much with such wonderful memories and as I have said many, many times before, I am blessed with such wonderful friends and more than my share, it seems sometimes. I am grateful for each and every one of you. I really do thank God every day for you too!
I will not continue on the subject but I could … there is a lot more to say about the ones I visited with last night and ones I didn’t get to visit with much. The organizers were fantastic and all went well and everyone was totally happy, I think!
I said it on my post yesterday and I will say it again, I am so proud to be from the Class of 1974 from Forest Park High, Beaumont, TX. Although I didn’t actually graduate from there (I moved away at the end of my Junior year) but I will always claim them. I started going to school with all of them in 7th grade and moved back and forth a couple of times. So proud to be associate with them!
Thank you to all that made it possible!
Forest Park Trojans And Forest Park Trojanns (Drill Team) (Wish I had a picture of Igor (our Mascot) to go with the Trojann’s picture).
I guess this could be a dove tail post from last night’s post on “Friends”. I hope you enjoy reading about all of this. It has been quite the experience for me!
Tonight’s post is going to be a short one. I have just returned from a fabulous evening with some very special folks. My 40th class reunion from Forest Park High School in Beaumont, Texas. This was such a lovely evening. I am embarrassed to say…that I had actually forgotten about some of the most wonderful folks. I haven’t seen most of these – if not all – of these folks since the 10 year class reunion. It was most memorable and will not forget the fun and joy I have experienced tonight.
The only sad thing – and I do not want to dwell on this … but there was this sad thing that I have to take away from tonight was the video. It was a video of the classmates that have lost their life in the last 40 years. Most were a shock to me. For some reason one really hit me hard. Ricky Abshire. He was always the one to sit in front of me in class. You know… Abshire, Adams… in alphabetical order of course. Red headed, freckled face, boisterous and happy. He passed away due to alcoholism around the 30th class reunion time. There is another entire post to talk about that debilitating disease! It takes too many in this country, and world!
However, there were multiple happy events and smiles and laughs and “OH MY GOSH!” moments! Such fun and great enjoyment! I am so proud to be a part of the 1974 graduating class of Forest Park High. Our Vice Principle was even there to give us a wonderful pep talk/speech. He has been in the school district to some degree for 55 years he said. That in itself is an awesome accomplishment! He was funny and very gracious and complimentary of our class.
And if it isn’t enough to be able to stay with one of my bestest friends from high school the last couple of days and nights … another one of the sweetest and best friends came over with her husband from Houston and picked me up and we went together! I am truly blessed with some of the finest friends around. God knew we all needed each other and that we all complement each other. I thank God every day for my wonderful friends!
Thank you my friends that are reading this and thank you for blessing me every day! You are so very precious to me and will never cease to Praise The Name of Jesus for sending me all my friends.
I believe friends are one of the most wonderful gifts God has given us. They are always there to support, love, help, console, jeer, laugh, tease, correct, give constructive criticism, cry with you, hold you, just be quiet with you, just be with you. Even when you haven’t seen them for many, many years.
I have been blessed in my life to have a lot of wonderful girlfriends. I am spending the next 2 nights with a girlfriend from high school. She and I have not seen each other since … well, we figured it’s been at least 30 plus years. You know, we never missed a lick! We began talking just like it were then! She and I have gone through quite a bit of stuff in our 30 plus years and we still can laugh and cry together about it. I love her so much and the feeling is mutual. Facebook has made this possible… I have had friends re-connect with me in the last year or so. I am so glad they did too! It has been wonderful getting to know them again.
Tomorrow I will be attending a class reunion here in Beaumont, Texas. I went to the 10th but haven’t been back since. I have another friend or two that I will see tomorrow at the event here in Beaumont… well, actually several I haven’t seen in a while. I am looking forward to that as well.
Renewing old friendships is what this weekend is about for me. Some were not as close as others, but seeing them all will be wonderful! Time has a funny way of sometimes making things seem different than they once were. It seems to soften the edges and lighten the load a bit for me. I have learned to accept me just like I am and I am ok with that. God has been gracious and kind to me in many ways and I am so thankful for that. No I am not as skinny as I want to be for this reunion nor many other things, but I know one thing. I am His and I am good with that! Also, I have some wonderful girlfriends that are as excited to see me as I am to see them, and I thank God for that!
I also got to see another friend tonight. I used to work with her at Lamar University. She was the Art Historian and Director of the Dishman Art Gallery on campus. She was a very special lady and friend when I worked there! She allowed me to house sit for her when she was out of town a couple of times. She is one of the most interesting ladies I have ever met. Very intelligent about art and many other subjects. I always… ALWAYS … loved visiting with her. She always had something very profound to say and for me to learn. I understood that she was not the easiest professor on campus, by any means, but she always had a lot of students that loved her. It has been almost 10 years since I have seen her and it seemed like yesterday. Again, she and I picked up right where we left off. I loved her then and still love her now.
I know God crosses people’s paths for reasons and I also believe God intended for us to have friends for sure. He had 12 that followed Him around everywhere He went. Here are some wonderful scriptures about friends:
Proverb 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
John 15:12-15 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
Job 16:21 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.
Friends are a blessing from God and you need to nurture the friendship. That may be different for each friendship, and you will be able to know what to do for each, probably. I just know that I love each and every one of my friends so much. I appreciate their differences and all their wonderful little idiosyncrasies… they are wonderful! Because that is who God made them to be…along with all the experiences that we go through in life has made us who we are. I, for one, don’t think I would change much, because if I did, I wouldn’t be who I am now.
So if you find a friend – even one – that is true, right, just and honest with integrity and morals, hang on to them! They are a gift from God.
Two songs come to mind when I think of friends. I want to share both with you.
I have been the recipient of prayer from someone for years. When I was estranged from my family for 10 years – when I was married, my dad said he prayed for me every day to be returned to the family. Yep, 10 years! He prayed every day for me. I have always known my mom and dad have prayed for me… that’s just what they do. They love their family and love praying for them. Not only do they pray for the family… they pray for the extended family which is what their friends in Christ are. My dad is quick to add someone to his prayer list if he hears of a need someone has, whether it be materially, medically or otherwise. He loves to pray for folks. As I have said before, I used to work with a lovely lady named Phemia in Beaumont at a Savings and Loan. She would pray at any given moment for you. If you had a problem, she would stop right there and pray for you. It might just be a quick prayer but it was a prayer directly to The Father! She would intercede for whomever it was that was in need. She prayed for me many times.
To be asked to pray for someone is an honor for me. It tells me they trust me and are confiding in me with something near to their heart and they ask me to pray for them. As Christians, I believe Prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth. It ushers us directly into the Throne Room of God Almighty! When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says the “veil was rent into”. In Matthew 27:51 it states…
“51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,”
The significance of that is that we did not need a “high priest” any longer to pray for us. We could go directly to God Himself. Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection allowed that to happen! I found a couple of websites that help explain this event in history. One of them is gotQuestions.org and they have a great explanation if I could just use an excerpt from their website here:
“So, what do we make of this? What significance does this torn veil have for us today? Above all, the tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins. It signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open for all people, for all time, both Jew and Gentile.”
“When Jesus died, the veil was torn, and God moved out of that place never again to dwell in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24). God was through with that temple and its religious system, and the temple and Jerusalem were left “desolate” (destroyed by the Romans) in A.D. 70, just as Jesus prophesied in Luke 13:35. As long as the temple stood, it signified the continuation of the Old Covenant. Hebrews 9:8-9 refers to the age that was passing away as the new covenant was being established (Hebrews 8:13).”
“In a sense, the veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). This is indicated by the fact that the high priest had to enter the Holy of Holies through the veil. Now Christ is our superior High Priest, and as believers in His finished work, we partake of His better priesthood. We can now enter the Holy of Holies through Him. Hebrews 10:19-20 says that the faithful enter into the sanctuary by the “blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the veil, that is, through his flesh.” Here we see the image of Jesus’ flesh being torn for us just as He was tearing the veil for us.”
With this event in history, as it says above, with Jesus death we no longer have to have someone else go into the “Holy of Holies” to pray for us, as they did before Jesus. We have complete and total access to God the Father through Jesus death.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a]10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
I do love praying for people too! I keep a prayer list at my desk so I can have a constant reminder of those that have asked me to pray for them. I consider it an honor to pray for and with someone. I always ask God’s will in prayer for others though. Some folks may think they can pray for a new car, new house, boat, or other material things. However, prayer is a conversation with God. God is not a “convenience store”. There is a difference between wanting a new car and someone needing a car to get around. God knows the heart and the motives though. When you pray for others, just pray for God’s will to be done. He knows your heart. Sometimes I don’t understand the outcome of a particular situation that I have been praying about, but I have to remind myself… God is God and I am not. He knows best – ALWAYS. Click this link here for another website that has a list of scriptures from the Bible about Intercessory Prayer. If it is in the Bible it must be important for our Christian walk with The Lord.
I encourage you to pray for others. Keep a list of folks that you know need prayer or have talked about something they are having a hard time with. Sometimes I ask if I can pray for others and sometimes, I just pray for them. Remember, prayer is our most powerful tool here on earth! God hears our prayers and loves it when His people pray. Talk to Him today. He is waiting to hear from you, His beloved.