Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            Another milestone has been reached in our family.  I’m not sure whether to jump with joy or cover my head and cry.  It’s not something that has made me sad, but when I think about it I feel just a bit older.

            This past Friday night I went to my first grandchild’s graduation.  Trae has officially graduated from high school and is now embarking on the rest of his life.  I am so proud that he made it.  I’m proud we made it as well!

            There were 578 graduating from Norman North this year.  Since Trae didn’t make the honor roll or serve as a class officer, he walked across the stage with his classmates in alphabetical order.  Y is pretty much at the end, so Trae was second to the last to walk as #577.  Man, did he get it for not making the honor roll!

            Trae is now already moving on to play with the USA team in Denver and San Francisco.  He is also thinking about all that is going to be taking place in the coming months as he begins to work with the team at OU.

            There are still 10 more of our grandchildren to graduate.  Just like Trae, we are looking forward to the time when each of them will finish high school and move on to college.  Caitlyn and Scout graduate next year.

            I know the graduates of Pampa are excited and some of the grandparents may feel just a bit older like I do.  But graduation is a part of our lives as we see our children and grandchildren complete their high school education, as well as college.

            But there is another graduation day that I am truly looking forward to at this time.  It is that time when God takes us home to be with Him in the glory that He has prepared for us.

            1 Thess. 4:15-17 says -- 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.  16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Yes, for some the graduation day will come before that time Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians.  That time will be bitter sweet for us because they will move on without us.  Yet we can have the assurance in our hearts that we will ‘graduate’ and go home to be with Jesus.

            Scripture promises us that for all who have trusted Christ as their Savior and followed Him as Lord of their lives, He will take us home to be with Him.  John 14:3 tells us that He is preparing a place for all who are His children so it will be ready for them at ‘graduation’.

It is my prayer that every senior that graduated this year will be ready for the coming days in their lives.  Yet above all it is my prayer that each one who leaves this life will ‘graduate’ into the arms of God and ‘thus shall always be with the Lord.’

Just as a person has to stay in school to graduate, a person must remain in the arms of God to ‘graduate’ into His presence.  The question is are you ready for ‘graduation’ day?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul