Those of us who grew up at Forsyth Baptist Church in the 60s shared several “dads”. They all took turns teaching us, leading in our church activities – we called them ‘socials’ back then – and helping us grow in our faith. Many of them – probably most of them – are gone now and another went to be with Jesus yesterday – Scott Spriggs. Besides being a teacher and a deacon of the church, Scott led the music worship for years.
A couple of other staples of growing up in a small mid-western town in the 60s were Halloween traditions and a tv game show called “What’s My Line?” Believe it or not, these all tie together!
On the game show, a panel of celebrities questioned various contestants in order to try to guess their occupations. The host would call the contestants to the stage and instruct them to “Enter and sign in, please.” They would write their names with chalk on a blackboard – I know, the 60s, right!?
At Halloween, we would dress up and go from house to house throughout Forsyth for Trick or Treating and fill up our goodie bags with tons of candy and other treats. We would also carry a concealed weapon! A bar of soap. The “trick” of the season was to soap windows without getting caught. Nearly everyone would try to chase you off before you could do much soaping. A few really meant it, but I think most enjoyed the chase as much as we did. At the Spriggs’ house, however, Scott took a different approach. He would greet us at the front door, point to the big picture window next to it, and knowing we were armed, say, “Enter and sign in, please!” Which I did – though I was too smart to sign my own name!
When I heard that Scott had passed away, I pictured the gatekeeper of heaven (though I really doubt one exists since trusting in Jesus is the only way in) greeting Scott and saying, “Enter and sign in, please!” Scott would reply that there was no need to guess his “vocation” (see Eph. 4:1ff) – it is no secret. I am sure that Scott sang that old song a time or two at church – “It is no secret, what God can do. What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you. It is no secret, what God can do.”
There is no need to bid Scott an “RIP”, because that’s part of what heaven is all about! So, I’ll just say, “Thanks for all you did and see you later!”