I drove from my home in North Carolina to my childhood home in West Virginia this weekend. The event was my 50 year high school class reunion. It has been 10 years since the last one, but there were some who had never come to any of the previous reunions, so we had not seen them since graduation 50 years ago. It was a wonderful evening of renewed friendships. There was a lot of laughing and hugging -- we spent the evening sharing memories and catching up with each other. Some were hard to recognize, but some didn't seem to change at all. One boy who was a total goof-off in high school came over and shared his testimony with me then sang "Blessed Assurance" to me. God had certainly changed his life since high school!
Some had lost children and spouses, some had lost their health. And there was a chart with the names of the 27 who have died since graduation. It was hard to see all those names of boys and girls from our class who were gone too soon.
Many of us had come a long way -- Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Louisiana -- and we were disappointed that many local classmates didn't choose to come. There were name badges waiting for some who were not able to come at the last minute, because of sickness or death in the family. We signed cards and taped a video to share with some of those.
A couple of my friends and I were still talking while the restaurant was being cleaned. We met again today and talked for over 3 hours, then continued the talking at one final gathering tonight. We were all so glad to be together again.
As I was driving home, I was thinking about what heaven must be like. I wonder if there will be hugging and laughing and celebrating when we see our loved ones. Will we be sharing our testimony about how God brought us through? Will we talk and talk to those loved ones without thoughts of a meal? Will we sing, "This is my story, this is my song..." Will we feel disappointed when some friends are not there? Or regret not giving a personal invitation to those who didn't know how great it would be?
As much fun as I had this weekend, I know it can't compare st all that God has prepared for those who believe! But I felt like we experienced a little bit of heaven tonight!