This past Saturday was full of great memories, reuniting with former friends and marching down Jordan Hare’s field playing War Eagle with my brother, sister and sister-in-law as my entire family went back to Auburn to play in the Alumni Band. I can remember years ago after every performance staring up into the upper deck and waving to my parents in section 106. It was extra special when Whitney found tickets in the same section that I remember from my youth. Auburn was my home for seven years, and it will always remain a special place in my heart. I learned to own my faith there. I was provided opportunities to establish eternal relationships. I found my bride there.
Shortly after the Auburn game started, I received a text from Dewayne that read, “Mom’s spirit left her body at 2:45 this afternoon.” I just sat there staring at the message, holding my drumsticks, and thanked God for the life of a woman that I knew dearly. A woman that lived life to the fullest. A woman that cared deeply for others. A woman that loved her children. A woman who prayed and dreamed of one day being reunited with her husband in Heaven and living eternally with her Savior was now reality.
Dewayne’s text certainly put life into proper perspective. I am confident of the absolute joy that occurs with the reunion of great ones of faith when Jesus welcomes them into their eternal home. Ann Spivey intentionally clung to grace while she lived her life here on Earth, and she passed that on to her entire family and friends.
As wonderful as it was to reunite with so many friends from college, there is no doubt that it pales into comparison to the reunion of when we make it home.
To live is Christ. To Die is gain.
Fix your eyes on Jesus.
That crown is awaiting.