Reunion 2

6.16.13
JoAnn, Maudine, Ray, Evelyn, and Ollie.

We returned from the reunion Saturday evening and there were a couple of things I wanted to report on!

In my previous post I indicated a slacking off of interest in the reunion, perhaps as just a sign of the times. Last year’s 40ish crowd left me feeling that way. This year there were nearly 70 in attendance. Faith restored!

Because of his health I also thought that Uncle Ray may not be able to attend, so I had a big grin on  my face when I looked up and saw him come into the hall. Unfortunately his sweet wife was unable to come. His grandson drove him up and I was grateful for that. He led a beautiful prayer before our meal. I remember thinking that prayer was not a stranger to this man, it was robust and full of faith.

In the picture above are the siblings in attendance. One more sister is alive, but not able to travel. These Chandler siblings were raised in a family of faith and they raised their families in faith in Christ.

I thought it was quite humorous that three of the sisters are using walkers to get around these days, but none of them wanted the walkers in the picture. There may be a picture taken with all three walkers across the front, but there was enough of a fuss made that they were removed. Now I probably think this is funny because I do not use a walker yet. More than the humor, I liked the vigor these ladies had in wanting to look their best.

Aunt Evelyn’s son, Terry, died way too too soon and way too quickly last year. I was talking with his wife and expressing sorrow that several were no longer with us that were present even last year. Then I noted that it’s probably true that some gathered today may not be with us next year. That is the shadow under which we all live. That is why faith in Christ and hope in His coming to make all things new is so important.

As the Chandler siblings age through their 80s it is easy to believe that this is a long life. But I think they would all tell you that it has passed by much too quickly. What God has planned for us after this life … described in the Bible by the word ‘eternal’ … is the true life to which we have been called.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom…. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. ~James 3:13, 4:14

Thanks for reading,

John