There is a larger story here, though, which we shouldn't overlook. Jamie's death also marks the end of Camelot. In the 1930's and 40's, Jamie's grandfather, Louis Evans Sr. was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Louis Sr. was pastor during a time of great growth in the Presbyterian Church - "the golden age". Louis' son, Louis Jr. was also a great pastor, as was Louis' wife, Colleen - Coky. Coky graced the cover of Time magazine with a beautiful profile of grace and faith. Both of them strode upon the national Presbyterian pastoral scene with panache and regal gallantry.
When Jamie went into the ministry, most people felt that it was yet another piece of the dynastic legacy of pastors. And it was. Jamie was an incredible preacher, teacher, leader. He seemed to have it "all together". He looked like Tony Robbins!
When John F. Kennedy Jr. (President Kennedy's son) was killed in a plane crash a few years ago, it was popular to muse about "The End of Camelot". When Jamie died this past Thursday, a similar Camelot came to an end. A seasons end, a curtain fell on four generations of great Presbyterian ministers, and legends of the faith.
Ecclesiastes reminds us that, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." This will be a season of closure for the Presbyterian church.
But a new season will begin...
All for now,