"Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine." 1 Timothy 5:17
Somedays we never know what we will have in store for us.
On Wednesday night, I shared with the congregation some news that had been passed along that brother Carmon was doing some better and might get to return to the Woodbury Nursing Center.
It was about 8:45 Thursday morning when I received a call that I was not expecting. It was the news of brother Carmon passing. Throughout the day, I learned that it was sudden and that he appeared to be feeling okay, and that his last minutes were spent with a sweet helper.
Although my wife Kristie has known Carmon most of her life, if not all, I have not had the privilege of knowing him but just a few short years. I got to know Carmon very well over the past few years as he served in the eldership gladly and very effectively at the church of Christ at Elkins where I am the preacher. Carmon has served in this role for many years in the Lord's church, and certainly displayed his knowledge and wisdom of the Bible and in matters related to the church.
The Bible tells us that a shepherd will know his flock, and the flock will know the shepherd's voice. This was certainly true of Carmon. He did not meet a stranger. He did not know a "visitor" because they became a guest, and often times an immediate part of the family to him. Even though Carmon had grown in age, his mind was incredibly planted in the truth and he could quote scripture without ever opening a Bible.
When sister Billie passed away, Carmon was heart-broken. Many days you could see a slight tear in his eyes when he would talk about her. But you could also see the love that he had for her and for their children in everything that he did and said. He truly was a man of God that had a heart worth the world.
I will miss his sweet smile. I will miss his kind words. I will miss his loving and caring heart. But most of all, I will miss his wisdom, advice, guidance, and friendship.
The Bible tells of this day that will come to all until the return of Christ. It will not miss a soul. Carmon was looking forward to that day of no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears, no more desires. He will forever hold place in my heart and in the hearts of many souls.
No doubt that Carmon's teaching, preaching, example, and guidance have brought many to Christ, and helped many find their way home. It is a sad day for the remaining, yet a happy day for those that are found faithful.
May the Gannon families find comfort in their loss. May the family at Elkins heal as we can. May brother Carmon rest....rest in peace.