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Honoring One Who Paved the Way: Brother Lee

“Honor your father and mother, that it may be well with you and that you may live long in the earth.” This was the first command God gave that came with a promised blessing. Certainly this applies in the natural, but I believe it also applies in the spiritual and that we are to remember and honor those who have gone before us like spiritual mothers and fathers who paved the way for us to walk in the Kingdom of God.

So today I must take a moment to remember and honor one of our own spiritual fathers, Brother Lee Skidmore. I thank God for bringing him into my life. I only knew him for a little over four years but in that time he stood out as a wonderful example of Christ living in and through a man. From the day I was baptized on, he encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. He always showed me love and was happy to see me.  He always wanted to talk – about my life, about his life…and he was truly interested enough to remember details about my life that I sometimes didn’t even remember telling him. Yes, I know… he did that with most everyone. Exactly the point!!! What an example for all of us.

Each Sunday Brother Lee slowly made his way over to me, if I didn’t get to him…thus my nickname for him- “Speedy.” He always laughed at that. He allowed me to joke with him and he allowed me to pray with him.  He always smiled and was ready to praise the Lord no matter how much pain he was in. He was precious to me and I am so thankful for his friendship, his service to our community and our country, and for the spiritual legacy he left to me and all of Life Church.

I press onward on the roads that others built. Thanks for paving the way for us Brother Lee!