June 25, 2014

Reunion Memories

Our 65th reunion of the Class of 1949 at Gettysburg High School is over, and everyone who attended is basking in the glow of happy memories.

Unfortunately, almost half our classmates are no longer with us and unable to share those memories. They were our friends, our teammates, our confidants, our inspiration, our dance partners and in some cases our sweethearts, and they touched our lives in many ways.

We are all products of both our genes and our environment, and I am proud to declare that those classmates and teachers who touched my life at Gettysburg High School contributed significantly to the person I am today.

Of course, I also believe that our personality and character are also influenced by our relationship with and our trust in our Creator.

In a poem by Regina Wiecek titled Learning to Trust, the author says: 
Help me to trust
When my world falls apart.
Guide me through darkness
When night is upon me,
And I will press on
With joy in my heart.
All of our classmates have experienced trauma in their long lives, heartaches like: the death of a loved one, a debilitating illness, financial problems or loneliness. For those of faith when their world fell apart, they turned to the Lord to guide them through the shadows.

It is my impression that those of our classmates who have pressed on with joy in their hearts despite the pain and sorrow they may have suffered, they are the happiest and most optimistic about their future.