Capt. Jimmy Hammers, a distinguished law enforcement officer, lived his life serving mankind for 37 years in the Memphis Police Department. Jimmy was a Whitehaven High classmate and friend for all these years and we reconnected at class reunions over the later years.
Jimmy was a rough, tough cop and a homicide detective on the Memphis force who never lost his sense of awareness. He was raised by a Pentecostal mother who believed and taught the evangelical truth of Christian faith that never lost its hold on Jimmy. Jimmy was my friend.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov22:6) Don Hardin sent me a note in January when Jimmy returned to the hospital to continue his fight against cancer. What a trooper, Bonnie, his wife has been standing right beside him as they fought the sickness together. Soon after he returned home, I talked to Jimmy and he never sounded anything but upbeat sharing that he was walking on a walker. In our conversation we talked about some of our classmates and some of the changes that have occurred with age and thoughts of our last reunion.
I mentioned that I had said to John Shepherd at the previous reunion that something had changed and I really liked that change in my friend, Johnny. Jimmy remarked, Brad, you cannot believe how much Johnny has changed.
And we were both talking about the power of God that is able to make us a new creature in Jesus Christ our Lord. We talked a little longer and then prayed together in what turned out to be our last conversation. Bonnie wanted their home to be filled with love and I know she wanted their home to be as normal as possible. Jimmy has fought an unbelievable fight.
Don Hardin advised me when Jimmy went to Glory, and I sent him this note; Jimmy has fought a long and hard battle. Today, he sees victory: Never to hurt again. Today, in real life time, he sees the vision that John saw in Revelation 4 and 5.
Jimmy is standing before the throne in the sea of mankind pure as the crystal is perfect. Can you imagine how our lives are covered with the blood of Jesus? God sees Jimmy Hammers as he sees perfect crystal, without a blemish, a righteous saint before the throne of God. I know that Bonnie and Gay are crushed. As I explained to my grandson the other day, the birth into heaven is just like a baby leaving the womb and being birthed into this world. This is the plan of God in the final formation of perfection and we are birthed into a new era in heaven for eternity.
To the many friends and readers of this column I have dedicated this Signpost article to my friend who has fought the battle and won a crown of victory. We went to school together, we led separate lives in different cities, but we will share heaven together in years to come. To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.
N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.