As I listened to our senior class sing "Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful..." I thought about the fact that most of my class is still faithful. Faithful to the Lord Who saved them, changed them, and gave them direction. I don't know about one of them for sure, if he is saved, but most of the class has stayed true, even after all these years. A good test for any high schooler who says "I'm going to serve the Lord" is just observe if he's in church one year after graduation. Sadly, I've seen too many walk away after graduation. And while I noticed the short boys and the different hairstyles on the girls in the choir, I also noticed the ones who aren't here today. I can't believe that almost every single student that sang in that choir is now graduated (and the last two boys will graduate this year). And while it is sad to see those who have chosen to walk away from God, it's exciting to see those that have stayed faithful.
Bottom Row: Josh Smith, Dan Garcia, & Dave Rettig
Top Row: Josiah Kuenzi, Aron Davies, Sara Dotson (now Street), Anne Hammond, Bobby Pierfy, Matt Beckman & Chris Gable (kneeling)
Josiah is married and is the daddy to Dillon. Matt is married, living in Texas (he's in the Air Force) and is the daddy to two little girls with one on the way. Sara is married in New Jersey. Aron just recently began teaching in a small Christian school in Maryland. Chris is on full time church staff. Dan is at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Bobby graduated from Penn State and has a good job now. Josh is finishing up college right now while going to another Baptist church. Dave lives up north and goes to a Baptist church. I'm finishing up Bible Institute and working full time on church and school staff as I now give back to the school that invested so much in me.
When my class graduated, we were the largest class to graduate (up until that point). I'm so glad I can look back 5 years later and see most of my fellow classmates still keeping on.
"Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful..."