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Shalom…Larry Link

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Posted: May 5th, 2015

There we were, all gathered together…the 1960 graduating class from Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Central High at a hotel in Tulsa last weekend. After 55 years, and exactly one third of our class no longer with us, those of us who gathered representing the 225 of us who are still living…had an incredibly fun weekend together. One of the reasons is that LaVon and I both graduated in the same class. It’s a “one-of-a-kind” kinship that you have with those you may or may not see except for an occasional reunion. But we could all still remember, and howl with laughter as we remembered those days so long ago. I spoke on Sunday morning, the final thing before we were to go our separate ways, and began with…”55 years ago…over 20,000 days ago, when we were all about to graduate…I’m not sure about you…but, I was an idiot!” I went on to explain how none of us knew anything about the world into which we were about enter…but we all thought we were so smart. I also explained that none of us would have had any idea that 55 years later, we would still be meeting together at reunions…and still able to laugh loudly at some of our memories together. There truly is a bond that is formed in high school. Many years ago, there was a book titled, “Is There Life After High School?” A very interesting book about all of those relationships…about that bond. It’s truly a very strong bond, and we all had such a great time remembering and celebrating that bond this past weekend. However, the bond…the relationship that we have with God is an even stronger bond! This week, in one of our readings from Romans 8:31-39, we’re reminded of an even stronger bond…the bond that lasts an eternity! “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present or things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen!!!