Archives for March 2014
Text: Matthew 17:1-9
Defining moments: the first day of kindergarten; the day your best friend moved away because his parents got a job transfer; that first kiss in middle school; going to your first high school dance with the love of your life; freshman year of college; first job; first paycheck; the death of a parent or sibling or spouse; a divorce; a marriage. There are so many defining moments in life. Those moments when something changes and you feel different and people look at you and say, “There is something different about you.” It’s not so much a physical difference but your presence is different and you feel changed on the inside like you have been transformed into a new, or at least, different person. When these defining moments happen, something shifts and you see life differently than you did before.
I can think of several defining moments that occurred in my childhood and youth. One such event happened at the start of second grade. Since age five, I had had four best friends—Paul, Troy, Roy and Thomas. We were inseparable. We went to church together, although I went more often. We went to kindergarten together at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church. Most days, Ms. Price, our kindergarten teacher, made sure we didn’t sit beside one another otherwise we would find ourselves standing at the blackboard with our noses pressed against it in a circle she had drawn on the board for students who didn’t follow the rules. If one of us did something good, we all got credit. And if one of us did something bad, we all got sent to the blackboard. For two years, kindergarten through first grade, we spent six sometimes seven days a week together. It never occurred to me that when I walked into my classroom for the first day of second grade that Paul, Troy, Roy and Thomas wouldn’t be sitting there waiting on me. [Read more…]