Over the past several weeks I've been doing a fair amount of "pondering" ... in large measure precipitated by a personal move. In a rapid chain of events that's kept me in a head-spinning mode for three months, I sold my home of 23 years, the place where Jon moved from earth to heaven, and landed in a new (to me) nest. It's been an extraordinary thing -- houses just don't sell in SoCal right now, especially when it isn't even listed. The best part of the whole saga is that my beloved abode now holds a wonderful Christian family who plan to carry on the legacy -- and they have two young children to nurture in faith inside those very walls where once we gathered to sing hymns in anticipation of Jon's graduation.
In the midst of all this upheaval, the calendar turns and the mindfulness of Jon's absence intensifies. Always a "numbers guy," I know he would be amused at a birthday on 1-11-11. I think he would be having a lot of fun with this one -- and we would have it with him! He'd probably start the day with a call to Max Lucado, who shares the date, and then do something for all of us, illustrative of that unceasing servant's heart we loved so dearly.
I wish he was here for tomorrow.
His birthday also underscores a constant theme of the past five years -- the idea of legacy. Being involved at Azusa Pacific University puts a "fresh face" on what it means to watch the next generation march into Kingdom service. At Chapel there this morning, in fact, the speaker showed a slide of his new grandson and reminded students that they will be the ones who lead children like Ben in the decades ahead. It was a tremendous visual reminder of why these years have to be spent establishing our best spiritual practices.
And, I was glad that I have my own visual reminder of legacy -- a young APU senior, Jonathan Garcia, who also shares Jon's birthday. It's a perfect day for me to tell a young adult ... hey, you have a baton you're receiving -- carry it well. And I am confident that this Jon is going to live up to my Jon's heritage. He is a difference-maker for the Kingdom and it gives me hope on a day that might otherwise be filled with too much sadness.
So ... from deep in my soul ... Happy Birthday, Jon -- both of you! I am glad for 1-11-11.
Peggy S. Campbell