Friday, January 18, 2013

Grandpa Lee Huddleston

Yesterday, over the phone, I was able to partially listen to members of my family reading scriptures and praying for my Grandpa Lee as he was moments away from leaving his body and going to Heaven.  We had a hard time connecting me to the phone that was on in the room so I was only able to hear a little bit.  I'm thankful I called when I did though because he passed away about 3 minutes after I called.

My cousin Amy (Lee's granddaughter) also had a miscarriage yesterday :(  It was a very rough day for the whole family but especially hers side of the family.

Prayers for the family would be much appreciated.

This was was my Dad (Greg Skodacek) posted on Facebook and I think it sums up everything pretty well.

"For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's." Romans 148. My Step-Dad, Lee Huddleston, died just before noon today with his wife and kids by his bedside. This isn't the last time I will see him, though. "Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8. He is at home with Jesus now. He has joined with many other dear family members who have preceded him. While we are sad, here and now, we know that he is experiencing joy unspeakable.

I was blessed with 2 godly Dads. My father died young, at 55, and I am thankful for the time we had together. He wasn't perfect, but he raised me in a Christian home, and taught me the importance of getting to know Jesus in a personal way. Lee was my second Dad. He came into our lives after we were adults, but for the last 22 years he has been a father, a mentor, and an example of what it means to "live unto the Lord". He supported me with prayers. He
supported everyday life and my ministry. He offered advice, only when asked, that proved to be godly and sound. He was a loving grandfather to my children, did not judge or condemn, but just loved. I am forever thankful to have known him. Most of all, I am thankful for the way he loved my mother. He was her best friend, who sacrificed for her, nurtured her, and helped her, both in day to day activities and in her walk with Jesus.

In Psalm 71:7-8, the Psalmist said, "My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long." Lee can say the same thing. And now, he gets to continue what he started in this life... continuously praising God, and forever declaring His glory.

Thank you, God, for giving me 22 years with this man. Thank you, Lee. And thank you Jesus, for greeting him today. "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount.... Let’s celebrate together!"

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