Doug Creamer: An East homecoming
I teach at East Davidson and we are in the heart of a good football season. High school football can go through good seasons and building seasons. Naturally, we all like it when the home team is winning. We like it even better when the homecoming game turns out to be a victory. No matter how the game turns out, there is NOTHING like an East Davidson homecoming.
It all starts the week before as classroom doors begin to get decorated. You start to feel something in the air. Monday begins a week of dress-up. Every year we have pajama day. Have you ever tried to teach sleepy kids in their pajamas how to sell a product? Crazy dress-up continues through Friday, when everybody wears their class colors. By that point school is at a fever pitch of excitement.
On Friday morning teachers try to teach something to students whose minds are anywhere but the classroom. Late in the morning we head outside for a parade. The firetruck blasts its siren, leading the way. The band comes along, followed by all kinds of floats and the homecoming queen hopefuls. There is a big community turnout for the parade.
The parade comes to an end in the football stadium, where all the participants pass by the home crowd. The band takes the field and practices the show that they will perform at the big game that night. One might imagine that would be the end, but no, then we report to the gym for a huge pep rally.
There is only one pep rally in my memory that comes close to what takes place at East. I remember at North Stanly one year a popular English teacher put on a pep rally. He decided to have a funeral for the school spirit, which obviously rises from the dead during the pep rally and whips the students into unimaginable excitement. North Stanly went out to win the football game that night. On a side note, North Stanly appears to be having a great season this year…Go Comets!
The pep rally at East includes cheers from all the feeder school teams, skits from students and sometimes the faculty, and plenty of cheers from both the JV and varsity cheerleaders. There will be contests between the classes and the faculty that include plenty of laughs and lots of excitement. Then we send the students back to class, in hopes of teaching them something before the band marches through the halls playing the school fight song at end the day…one crazy day!
I admit I come home drained, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. The game is exciting to attend, as former students return, the Queen and King are announced, and once again the band performs an awesome program. You hope the home boys can pull off a win, then drive home, and fall in bed absolutely exhausted.
An East Davidson homecoming is something you have to experience to appreciate. I believe that there is nothing on earth that can compare to the homecoming believers will experience when we pass from this world and go home to be with the Lord. The heavenly choir alone will be incomparable to anything on earth. Can you imagine a worship service that goes on for days or maybe even years? Can you imagine the beauty, glory, or splendor that we will experience on that great day? I don’t believe you can because it will be unimaginable.
More than anything I can’t wait to stand before God’s throne and hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come and enter your Father’s rest.” I know I have much more work to faithfully do before that glorious day. What concerns me is that some may miss that grand day because they refuse to accept the free gift of God’s salvation. They refuse to ask Jesus to be their Savior, so they will miss the greatest pep rally of all time. I am praying that their hearts will soften and that they will turn and accept Him into their hearts.
I want to encourage you to make the most important decision of your life and ask Jesus to be your Savior. He will accept you just as you are, and give you peace and the assuredness that you will be a part of His great homecoming. There is nothing on earth to compare to the celebration in heaven on that great day. I want to see you there and share this awesome experience with you. So I invite you to invite Jesus into your heart. Heaven would not be the same without you.
Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org