Last summer we had our 45th high school reunion. It was a nostalgic time, held at the “My Girl” 50’s themed museum near Kingston. Somewhere around 60 people came, and enjoyed looking at the collections, including cars, but even more, it seemed, enjoyed seeing and talking with one another. We’re a pretty close-knit group, getting together nearly every summer for a simple potluck at a park, and meeting occasionally during the year to “plan” the get together. After the reunion I found myself thinking about those who were there, and others who are on the emailing list, but didn’t make it. And the thought came into my mind to email everybody and share the gospel with them. Immediately I thought “No, I don’t want to do that.” I could envision the surprise and offense such an email could generate; “Who does she think she is, using our school email list to preach to us?” There’s a lot of past shared with these people after all, people you wanted to impress, people who know your secrets, people who might laugh at you…But the idea persisted. From August and into September….I finally wrote a message, not sure if I would really send it. But one day I did. I steeled myself for rebuke, but none came. Eventually I had about a dozen responses, most of which were encouraging. A couple of guys had questions, a couple were involved in what I would call cults. I emailed everyone who responded back; if they had contacted me privately, then privately, if the contact had gone to everyone, then I replied to everyone.
Here is my letter:
It was fun to see so many of you a couple of weeks ago at our 45th. I still have trouble believing that I am 63 years old this year (and so are you!) To watch everyone enjoying each other’s company after all the years apart was pretty amazing. (Not to mention the hula hoops.)
As I look at the news lately from around the world and in our own country too, I am often stunned. Much of it seems really unprecedented in our time. Time may well be short for our world, and I believe we need to respond to God’s urging to “seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” If you are interested in doing this, I have a couple of suggestions.
Sit down with a Bible (the English Standard Version is a good one) and read the book of John. Ask God to show you the truth. If you should see your need for a Savior, do what this book says: Believe and receive Jesus Christ, who died for your sins, (John 1:12) and He will forgive you and give you eternal life.
Give your life to Him and it will never be the same.
Love to you all,
I pray for my classmates as they come to mind, that they would pick up a Bible and find Jesus Christ. It’s the most important thing a person can do. Have you found Him?