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‘Who’s gonna fill their shoes?’

As believers go on to their reward others must step up.

I love song lyrics that tell a story or make a meaningful point about something that impacts our lives. 

A great example of this is a country song written by Troy Seals and Max D. Barnes and performed by George Jones. “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” focuses on many of the legendary departed singers like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10, New International Version

Who’s gonna fill their shoes? Who’s gonna stand that tall? Who’s gonna play the Opry and the Wabash Cannonball? Who’s gonna give their heart and soul to get to me and you? Lord, I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes?

I thought of these lyrics as I reflected on the life of Larry Larimore, whom we lost in the recent flooding. No, Larry wasn’t known for singing, but he was certainly known for making an impact in other ways, especially through the untold number of encouraging notes he and his late wife, Rosemarie, sent. 

Related: Church member known for notes of encouragement dies in Oklahoma floods

As I write this, I’m staring at the very last card Larry sent me, which I received after his death. 

Larry sent cards, mowed for the elderly, bought and brought food for our church’s pantry. He purchased communion cups and grape juice. He took care of the communion trays and delivered the Lord’s Supper to shut-ins. He delivered Meals on Wheels. 

Larry and Rosemarie Larimore

Larry and Rosemarie Larimore

He gave people rides to work, the grocery store and the hospital. He called to check on people and kept the church informed of their well-being. He provided great care to Rosemarie and looked after her needs. In addition to that, Larry was proud to serve his country and was very patriotic!

Larry is only one example of so many in our church who are no longer with us — including Larry Cochenour and Irene Cole — who fit the apostle Peter’s description of a servant. Where some left off, others must now take on. There will never be another Larry Larimore, Larry Cochenour, or Irene Cole. But someone needs to pick up where they left off and fill their shoes. 

Could that be you? 

Well, if the shoe fits …

LANNY JOBE ministers for the Blackwell Church of Christ in northern Oklahoma.

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