A Birthday and Men of God

He was 23 years old and had already graduated from college  when, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I met him. His childhood had been unusual. When he was four his mom died; when he was twelve his dad died. For awhile he lived with the Schultz family, helping with their dairy production, arising very early to milk the cows and then deliver chilled milk to neighbors. Other times he lived with this relative, then that one, always seeming out of place, not ever feeling at home.

By the time I met Jerry, despite his ragged start in life, he had proved his mettle, and was an impressive young man. So…I married him. Today I want to write a few words to honor him.

Last week was significant; for one thing Thursday was Jerry’s 77th birthday, but we were all so frazzled, what with wondering about the overdue carpet and with last minute preparation for the special services, that we didn’t properly celebrate that significant day. We were running around like the proverbial chicken.., but finally in the evening, in our work clothes, we gathered at a little Mexican restaurant we like…so late in the day were we that they locked the door and stuck up the closed sign before we had finished eating. But they knew it was his birthday, so at the end of the meal they brought a birthday “cake,” a beautifully formed and cooked flour tortilla filled with fried ice-cream, topped with a bright red cherry. A candle flared in the middle, and with one sure breath, Jerry blew away the flame.

dsc_0029_2Jerry is a man of strength and of rare passion. Judge for yourself. Two years ago, just prior to his 75th birthday, he made the decision to roust himself from a well-deserved retirement and come to Lake Havasu, with the intent of here establishing a church. He has been wildly successful; reaching milestones, performing feats, and attaining results that extend far beyond the norm for such a project. He is amazing.

There is something about true men of God that is inexplicable and mystifying. Something about them can’t quite be comprehended nor fully analyzed, and although Jerry is certainly human (ask me about that sometime 🙂 ) his passion and anointing are undeniable and almost palpable.

Today I honor you, Jerry, and wish you a belated happy 77th birthday.

Love,

Shirley

19 thoughts on “A Birthday and Men of God

  1. GERALD BUXTON

    Thank you, my esteemed
    Brother. I certainly do not measure up to your comments, however I’ll take them. Love youJr. Jerry

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  2. I feel kind of “funny” wishing Bro. Buxton a belated happy birthday after first reading about the recent tragedy, but I did want to acknowledge appreciation for Bro. Buxton. We recently had Bro. Price (now 87 yrs. old) minister at our church. He didn’t say a lot of words, but the words he did say were powerful. He spoke of respect, honor, and authority. It was really good.

    At Landmark this past year (I don’t know if you were there or saw Friday night’s service via the Web), Elder Haney gave honor to 3 elder brothers (a Bro. Tate who is 91 yrs. old and still preaching the gospel, a Bro. La Crosse—85 yrs. old, and a Bro. Sturdeman [sp?]). Having Bro. Price at our church gave me again an appreciation and a respect for those who have ministered the gospel for a long time.

    Here is a verse for Bro. Buxton (not that he doesn’t know this, but I felt to call it again to his remembrance at this time):

    For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister (Hebrews 6:10).

    I appreciate you both and am praying for you. God bless.

    Tom C.

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  3. pat keyes

    Sis Buxton, I enjoy reading this blog. So Glad everything turned out for your anniversary service. On top of all of that the love of your life has his 77th birthday and everyone is too tired to celebrate. Well Happy Birthday Bro Buxton, come on over to the keyes house and I will fix you a fried baloney sandwich and let you put you feet up and rest. So glad you are blessed with such a good church and good people. We love you folks, may God give you many good years in your church. Sis Keyes

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  4. Sis. Buxton:

    PLEASE extend our wishes for a belated Birthday wish to an old friend. Not old in years but we have know him many years.
    God’s best to a wonderful man.

    The Clark’s.

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  5. Happy Birthday to my former pastor and a wonderful man of God!

    Thank you for your guidance and wisdom in a season of difficulties! I am excited to see that God is still blessing your ministry and that souls are being saved by the Word of God you preach and teach!!!

    May God grant you many more years of soul winning and wisdom!!!

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  6. AP

    Sam Ewing said “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

    From my earliest memories of Pappy,37 years, he is one of the hardest working men I know. Combine that with his love for truth,the kingdom of God, the people of God, and his family and WOW what a man.
    Happy Birthday Pappy,
    I Love You,
    AP

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  7. Michael

    I wish I was able to put my feelings into written words like you,so I ride on your words and sentiments.I have the most wonderful Dad in the world and a great pastor, who is a great man of God and a true christian.

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