Honoring My Preachers

October has been designated Clergy Appreciation Month. While, of course, we should appreciate our pastors and other ministers at all times, and frequently tell them we do, it is admirable that a particular time has been set aside to especially honor these people.

Two have been most influential in my life: My husband and my father.

20141030-untitled (1 of 1)Farrell E. Forrest, pictured here on his 80th birthday, was a dynamic preacher of the Gospel who loved the Word and who studied it at length. He baptized me in Jesus name, and from my earliest days taught me the ways of God. How thankful I am, how very thankful . . .He’s in Heaven tonight.

20141031-untitled (14 of 14)I looked across the room a few minutes ago where my husband is sitting in his favorite lounge chair and remembered how grateful I am for his ministry, for his spiritual guiding of me through most of my adult years, and for his godly ways. To love God with all their hearts and to put God first in their lives were dynamic lessons Jerry taught our four children. I honor him for all the sacrifices he has made for the Kingdom of God. I honor him for his consistency, his strength, his loyalty. I honor him for every prayer he has prayed, every sermon he has preached, every saint he has tended, every tear he has shed, every sacrificial dollar he has given, every long hour of counseling in which he engaged, and every song he sang with his magnificent voice.

I know he’s really a Christian for I live with him, and although he no longer is active in the ministry every week, I know that’s where his heart is. When one of his sons said, “You’ll always be my pastor, Dad,” it touched him deeply, for that is who he is. His heart is that of a caring man, a pastor, a minister. Within the last few days he made arrangements to drive hundreds of miles to insure that one of his elderly friends will have a happy Thanksgiving. Appreciate? How could I not?

Scores of preachers have significantly influenced my life, and while I will not name any, I truly am thankful. Thank you for preaching to me, to my husband, to my children, to my grandchildren. You mean a lot to me, you who now pastor my children and grandchildren. You who give counsel.

Clergy Appreciation Month: How grateful I am.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

4 replies on “Honoring My Preachers”

Two years ago my son went to Lake Havasu. It was very important to me to keep my son progressing with the Lord. At that time he had been refilled with the Holy Ghost and had practically over come the PTSD. that he had been battling since 2005. In the 2 years he has been in Lake Havasu he has had no contact with the UPCI church there. I had contacted Br. Kelly before my son went to AZ. but he for whatever reason did not contact my son though I gave him the contact information. My son has gone to a Presbyterian Church because they were willing to pick him up. He does not have the capacity to search for the church and to contact you.9 I tried to explain this to Br. Kelly before my son went to Arizona. Br. Kelly never contacted my son. I’m asking you to please contact my son. He has tried desperately to live for God all by himself. He has completely regressed in the PTSD. I am afraid he my be suicidal again. This is his phone number (928) 706-2370. I don’t know how else to contact you. I have tried to Google the UPCI in Lake Havasu but I seem to find every church except the UPCI. THANK YOU in advance. My son was among the very first to be deployed to Iraq and has been suffering ever since.

Sister Fitzgerald, I’m sorry you have not been able to have the desired contact with Brother Kelley that you are needing. I am actually going to Lake Havasu tomorrow and will give this information to Brother Younkin who also pastors a UPCI church in Lake Havasu.

Praying this evening for your son and for you.



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