Tuesday, November 25, 2008

November 25, 2008

At 6:08 a.m. this morning, surrounded by his wife, all of his children and their spouses, his sister, brother- and sister-in-law, and cousins, Prentice finished the race and crossed the finish line into the arms of Jesus, where he was greeted, no doubt, by his mother and dad.

This is the moment he has lived his whole life for and we were so blessed to have had these last couple of days with him.

Pray for Barbara as she grieves the loss of her husband of 48 years.

We will update when we know more about arrangements.

Praise God for a life well-lived in His service. We love you, Prentice/Dad/Poppy!!


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142 comments:

Alice said...

no words.

Heather said...

We love you.

Anonymous said...

Our continuous thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and the entire family. We love you all. Prentice will forever be in our family, our hearts and our lives. A true servant of our Lord.

Russ Renfro

Len and Pamela said...

to a mentor, teacher, and inspiration... we love and will miss you

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry for your loss! May God comfort you as only He can.

Much love,
Matt and Jennifer Kimball

Anonymous said...

Meador Family-
We love you all so much and are grieving now hearing about the loss of Prentice. We loved him dearly and will always have great memories of our time with him and how he has impacted all of our lives. We know the Angels in heaven are rejoicing even though you are all hurting now.
Love to you -
Eddie and Danelle Holt

Robert E. Scott said...

Barbara and family:
All who knew Prentice loved him and valued him as a friend, brother in Christ, and a devoted and compassionate servant. I pray God will sustain you as you morn his loss and help you to rejoice at the gain he now experiences.
O Lord, come!
Bob Scott

Karen Z said...

Our hearts are broken ~ not for Prentice, but for you and for all of us left to miss him.

I can hardly see to write this through tears, but I send my deepest love and share your sorrow.

Prentice is experiencing what he only dreamed of his whole life. If ever a man was prepared to meet Jesus, it was Prentice Meador.

We weep with you, sweet family. He loved you all so much.

Anonymous said...

Just last week I showed him sermon notes of his from 1997 that were still in my Bible! It seemed to really tickle him. I'm so glad I had the chance to be with him again at Otter Creek. He was a mighty warrior for God and the love he had for the Father showed to all who were around him!

To Barbara and the kids-my arms of love are wrapped around you.

May God's peace be with you all!

Betty from Otter Creek

Lori said...

I'm so sorry. We will be prayinf during this difficult time and in the months and years to come adjusting to life with out this wonderful preacher of God.

Nancy Wiggains said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of such a great warrior for Christ and his word. No doubt the angels rejoiced as they welcomed him home. His faithful life gave us strength to carry on until we can all be together someday. May God bless and surround you with his Love and Comfort in the comming days.

Nancy Wiggains

Janet said...

We love you Barbara.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Oh Lord, truly I am your servant!


Janet & Mark Ray

jaime s said...

Our family is praying for you all. We are so sorry for this tremendous loss. We are new to Otter Creek and have LOVED the priviledge of hearing Prentice preach. His sermons are certainly transforamtional!!

Anonymous said...

We here this side of heaven have lost a true orator of the faith. In the lexicon of those who've preached the word, Prentice is right there in his ability to articulate and inspire. He had a true sense of our faith history and, growing up hearing him, I can remember him quoting so many times one of his favorites -- Batsell Barrett Baxter. Along with the reunion with his parents, I can't imagine his joy at seeing his heroes as well. There will be quite a reunion as well this week as those who've been touched by this man gather. Meador family, get ready to be loved on.

-Scott Miller

Anonymous said...

I am weak with sorrow. Mere words mean nothing.
May the blessings of the Lord rain down on his family in this hour of great tribulation.
He will be oh, so sorely missed.
Tirk Wilder

Taft and Kristen Brown and Family said...

We rejoice with Prentice as he walks with his Savior and friend and we grieve with your family as you mourn the great man you have lost. Lord come quickly.

Jim and Judy Pinegar said...

A great loss for family, friends, church and for mankind. A great gain for Heaven. Our love for family. Jim and Judy

Anonymous said...

Dear Meador Family,

No words can express our deepest sympathy to you at this moment. Our hearts are hurting for your loss, but rejoicing for the New Life that Prentice has been given. Prentice, you will be deeply missed. We are all blessed by your great legacy, your servanthood and the many hearts you have touched. May our Heavenly Father surround your family with His surpassing comfort and peace. We continue to lift you up in prayer.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you; I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." John 14:1-4

We love you, Russ & Christi Hall

John Scott Fred said...

Paula and I and the girls are heartbroken. We will miss him! We love your family so much, and will continue praying.
Barbara, as you have always told us "God is so faithful"...we hurt with you and we love you.

John Scott, Paula, Delaney, and Presley

Anonymous said...

Some of the great blessings of our lives came from Prentice and Barbara. For that we are thankful. For the life Prentice lived, we praise God. Continually we are praying for all of the Meador family who means so much to us and our family. May the peace only our Father can provide continue to shower you thru this loss. We love you all. Jamie and Jennifer

Phil said...

Peace and blessings with your family from the Wilson's.

Anonymous said...

I love you and your family, and you will be in my prayer.

tammi

Anonymous said...

I remember him saying in his ever so convicting and powerful way: "I want my kids to know when I am gone, that I have seen the Foundation, and the Foundation is firm!" Today he has seen the Foundation, and it is indeed firm. He has left such a legacy and so many inspirational memories in so many lives. May the Meador family be continually blessed and comforted. Thank You Lord for the life of Prentice Meador.
With much Love,
The Lee Family

Liesl said...

Our hearts are broken at such a great loss. Tears are flowing for you Barbara and children and family. He touched so many lives and I believe will continue to do so. The only comfort is imagining the great reward he will recieve in Heaven. May God sustain your family in the hours, days, and months to come with love surrounding you so tightly.

Love and Prayers,
Kirk and Liesl Bowman

Lynn said...

I have sat in your shoes and this morning the emotions are overflowing for me with what your heart is feeling right now. I sent an email to our family so that they would know and had to add - it is sad, but I am sure Prentice is ecstatic that he is in Heaven! He has always been an example to everyone and always will be. My thoughts and prayers are with you all day and in the days to come. Your Sister In Christ,
Lynn Pendergrass (former Prestoncrest member)

Ann Stewart said...

Our hearts are aching and our prayers are with you, Barbara, and all of your amazing family. No one could have been more prepared to meet the Lord than Prentice! What an incredible life - he led so many to the Lord and blessed us all with his knowledge, wisdom and compassion!

May our precious Lord wrap his arms around you all and give you peace.

Anonymous said...

Barbara,
We are so sad. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your family. We will miss him greatly.
Love, Kent and Suzanne Hardaway and The boys.

Anonymous said...

Please extend to Barbara our deepest sympathies at the loss of Prentice. We loved him so much.

Jim and Karen Griffin

Anonymous said...

We are saddened to know that Prentice has gone home. We grieve as long time friends who counted it honor just to be his friend. We send our love and sympathy to Barbara and to each member of his family, and continue to pray for the Meador family.

It is difficult to fully understand that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord. May the love and peace of God be with Prentice's loved ones.

Mac and Mildred Rochelle

Christy Lee said...

My prayers are with your family this morning. Prentice was a wonderful man and he leaves a tremendous legacy of lives that he touched with his example of how to serve the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Meador Family,

I wrote these words this morning for the blog before I learned that Prentice had gone to be with Jesus. But, upon reflection, I think these thoughts are still relevant, so I’d like to share them with you.

Fourteen years ago, shortly after Tyler was born, I went to see Prentice in his office to ask for wisdom and counsel about what I felt was unanswered prayer. I told Prentice how I was begging God on behalf of all my family for a good diagnosis, and how He didn’t seem to be hearing me. I mentioned the time when Jesus was asleep on the boat and the storm was raging and his disciples cried and woke Him and He stilled the storm and calmed the waves. I felt like I had been crying out to God to do something and that all I was hearing was silence.

God spoke to me that day through the words that Prentice said to me. It impacted me so much that I wrote it down, and I’d like to share it with you, especially today. Prentice said, “Yes, but really, you’re Noah on the eighth day of the flood and you’re sick of all the rain. You’re the children, marching around the walls of Jericho, and it’s the third day and you’re tired. And on that boat, you’re cold and scared, but it’s just fifteen minutes into the storm. It’s not over yet!”

Although God took Prentice home to be with Him and our prayers were not answered the way we wanted them to be answered, God is still in control, and Prentice’s story is not over yet! There will be souls led to Jesus still by the life and legacy of Prentice Meador. And his spirit will live on through his precious family.

So today, Prentice’s first day in Heaven, I pray to God to still the waves and calm his children. The way God counts time, it won’t be long before we see Prentice again.

I love you all.
Karen Zadina

Anonymous said...

It is a blessing that most people in this world do not have: that families can at the same time grieve a loss and celebrate a victory (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). We have lost a great friend, teacher, and proclaimer, but the blessing to all of us is that we will see him again as he now sees the Jesus about whom he has testified for more than 50 years. Prentice was a great friend in college. He was the one all the preaching students watched and looked up to. From the time he was a young man, he had a presence about him and it was obvious that he served one Master.
I had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Prentice's father and mother during the time that Prentice's mentor, Batsell Barrett Baxter, was a speaker on Herald of Truth. Knowing them helped me to understand and appreciate even more the character of their child, Prentice.
And now I have had the pleasure of meeting and working (for a short time) with Prentice's and Barbara's son, Mark, who succeeded me in Alumni Relations at Lipscomb. Three great generations and counting!
Barbara, children, and grandchildren, we grieve with you and at the same time shout "Hallelujah"!
Jim and Carolyn Pounders

Anonymous said...

There is so much sadness in the hearts of all of us here who loved Prentice and Barbara. He was very special - he loved Prestoncrest and served us all in just the ways we needed. I still remember him whispering the 23rd Psalm in Fred's ear just before they took him in for open heart surgery. How much comfort he brought the White family. If only we could comfort each of you now and in the days to come -- if only we could hug you and make the heartache better. We all know he is in such a wonderful place right now but we are all going to miss him.

We know Prentice's family is mourning. Please know each of you are in our prayers. Heaven is even sweeter now for those of us who are waiting to go there.

Much love and many prayers for each of the Meador family,
Fred & Dottie White

Anonymous said...

My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with the Meador family as they rejoice in knowing he is with our Heavenly Father & grieve with the loss of his physical presence in their lives.

My continued prayers are with you all,

AMS - Robyn Luehm

Anonymous said...

God bless each of you with comfort, in the same measure he blessed us with Prentice and his love and wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Barbara and family,
We will continue to pray for healing for you and your family during this time of brokenness. You have such a faithful family and we know you will make it through this difficult time. The footprints that Prentice left on this world are very long and wide. Our love is with you...
Don and Tianay (PC)

Amy Wilson said...

Thank you for encouraging your husband, father, grandfather and friend to continue to preach the good news. His passion was a gift to us.

We are shocked and saddened, but praise God for the faith shared every day of his life.

Wes and Amy Wilson
Plano TX

Joan said...

His life represents such exceptional faithfulness and inspiration. He will be greatly missed.

I am praying for your family.

Joan

Anonymous said...

Know that your entire family is in our thought's and prayer's during this difficult time. May God's love surround you all.

Howard and Phyllis Schulman

Anonymous said...

Dear Meadors,
Our family is truly saddened by the loss of Prentice. He was a tremendous mentor and friend to our whole family. We pray for peace and comfort to you Barbara, Lori Ann, Mark, Kimberly and the rest of your family at this time. We were truly blessed to have him at Prestoncrest for over 20 years and the fruits of his labor are evident all over the world!

Blessings and Peace,

Steven, Christy, Cami, Emily and Reese Miller

Anonymous said...

May God give you strength for the hour and peace in your soul as you face the days ahead. Praise the Risen Savior for a life well lived and is now at rest in His arms. We mourn with you over your temporary loss.

Anonymous said...

Prentice is standing in the light of God and His Son... what a glorious place to be! My heart is breaking for you, and I want to take away the pain of your loss, but GOD is THE ONE who can truly comfort you and give you peace...
I feel honored to have worked with Prentice here in the office at Prestoncrest...we all learned so much from him and I am blessed because I knew him. Prentice is now where he worked so hard to be, and one day you will join him in Heaven! But for now, I hope it helps, in some small way, to know that there are so many who are still lifting Barbara and all of your family to the Father in prayer and we will continue to think of you and pray for God to ease your pain in the weeks and months to come...
Our precious daughter, Kari, is there in Heaven and we also look forward to one day seeing her smiling face and hear her singing praises to our dear Father and sweet Jesus, as she did here on earth! I KNOW Prentice is doing the same! The Lord Bless you and keep you and give you peace...I KNOW HE WILL!
Jill Firestone

Marilyn Patterson said...

Prentice had as many or more experiences in his lifetime than anyone I know. But today, he is enjoying the greatest experience of all, that of being in the arms of Jesus.

Barbara and family, our hearts are broken as yours are. We grieve the loss of our dear friend, and at the same time celebrate an incredible life that will live on. Through his legacy, many great things will be accomplished for the Lord because of what he taught us.

I love you and pray that peace and comfort will come as you miss your loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Anonymous said...

Prentice touched our lives in so many ways and will always be with us in our hearts. We rejoice knowing that he has claimed his crown of righteousness but weep with you, Barbara and family, in your great loss. We love you all and are praying that God will wrap you in his love and peace in the coming days and months.
Love,
Tommy and Melinda Ballard

Anonymous said...

Prentice never hesitated to invest himself in the growth and success of those around him. His good work in the Lord will continue in those he touched, taught, encouraged and mentored. What a wonderful God we serve.

Father in Heaven: Thank you for Prentice and Barbara. Please give Barbara a blessing of peace and comfort. Please extend that same blessing to the entire family. In Jesus name, Amen

Kris Oliver said...

What a tremendous loss but what joy at the thought of Prentice being with the Lord and the saints he spent his life studying and teaching about!

We pray for comfort and healing for the entire family. We love you all and thank you for sharing Prentice with us all these years.

Kris, Libby, Sam and Sarah-Kate Oliver

Amy said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you for comfort during this difficult time of loss. Prentice was such a blessing to us at College Hills. We are all praying for Barbara and your family.

John & Amy Grant

Anonymous said...

Praying blessings of comfort and peace over you.

Andrew, Jennifer, Mabel said...

Prentice meant so much to my husband and myself. Because of Prentice's God given ability to spread God's word, my husband was baptized. I know it was God's will that my husband come to Christ but I also know that it was God's will that Prentice be the man that aided that walk. He is, was, and will be a great man in our eyes and a great example of what a walk with God and Jesus should look like. I have no worries as to where Prentice is. I know in my heart that he is with God. He will be missed and his entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and keep you very close.

All our love
Andrew, Jennifer, Mabel Norton

Collin Packer said...

My heart is broken this morning. I am grateful for the place Prentice is now, but I am shocked and in grief.

Prentice is one of my heroes. When I started at ACU to become a preacher, Prentice was the first preacher I called in order to set up an internship. I shadowed Prentice for 10 weeks the summer of '03. It was an amazing experience. He taught me so much about life, ministry, and preaching. He is one of the main reasons that I am a preacher today.

He preached and lived so gracefully. He loved Barbara. I remember him taking phone calls on his private phone only from her and his family. He loved his family. He loved the church. And he loved God.

I can still remember him telling me, "Collin, you're job is to preach Jesus Christ and that is it. Don't get off course. Your focus should always be on Jesus." He encouraged me. He showed me how to help people die gracefully and now he has lived that out.

Barbara, it meant so much to see you and Prentice last month while I was at Lipscomb. To hear that he was so proud of me for beginning to preach meant so much to me. I will be praying for you and the family. I cannot believe he will not be there to call when I need his advice and encouragement.

This morning I sit in my office remembering so many great memories of Prentice and thanking God for his kingdom impact touched me and so many more young ministers.

Grace and Peace,
Collin Packer

Jane Jackson Esparza said...

Dear Meador Family,

Our prayers are with you. We thank God for his loving mercy and great grace. Prentice will be missed, but his 70 years here were well-spent.

Anonymous said...

I just want to express my deepest sympathy to you. Just Sunday a week ago Prentice inspired me in his sermon on revival and challenged me and OC to look at our lives and where God was. It was the sermon I needed to hear. What a tremendous life in service to God, family and friends. He will be missed.

Eileen Emch said...

Greetings from Kiev. I thought of Prentice so many times today. Happened that I was at the Ukrainian National Museum in memory of World War II (something like that) for several hours. And I thought of Prentice repeatedly because, for one thing, he was such a student of history, including Soviet history.

I remember the first time I saw Prentice cry. Happened that we were in Volgograd and going through the vast hall there where were listed those who had perished in WW2. I remember Prentice going off to the side there and absolutely weeping, grieving the loss of so many lives. His tears also reflected, I think, the love and respect he had for Russian folk. We will always remember his many trips to Rostov-on-Don.

Anyway, just to say that Prentice was on my mind today. And I said special prayers to our Good Shepherd for what might be Prentice's last hours with us.

May you, Prentice's family feel surrounded by so much support, love and fond memories during this time. Thinking of you and this loss - perhaps especially poignant this season.

S BOgum ((Go) with God),
Eileen Emch
Kiev, Ukraine
Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Katy Wallis said...

Our family has been in constant prayer since we found out. Our last phone call meant the world to me and I will never forget it. Thank you for all the spiritual influence you have had on my life, Prentice, and for helping shape the Christian person that I am today. Our thoughts are with you, Barbara and the extended family.

We love you and are praying for you!

Holly said...

There is nothing more difficult than to lose someone you love so dearly. The ultimate joy in this day is that Prentice is now with our Heavenly Father to be with the saints. Please know that so many prayers are surrounding your entire family on the difficult days ahead. Prentice touched so many lives and shared God's word with people around the world. Our family grieves with you in this time of tremendous loss.

Sincerely,
Holly, Joel, Lindsey and Kelsey Witt

Anonymous said...

Peace, Love, and Hope.

Our prayers are with you!
Beth and Mark Gory

Anonymous said...

May God's peace be with you in knowing that Prentice has left the type of christian legacy that most men only imagine. May God hold you and keep you in the truth that Christ died for us and Prentice served faithfully. There is now another soul in heaven for me to visit with when the Lord calls me home. God Bless!

Chris, Holly, Wyatt $ Eli Grubbs

Shanta said...

Barbara,

We love you all and will miss that wonderful and witty teacher, mentor, and Israel tour-guide. You have both taught us so much. We're sending many hugs from Dallas!
Ken and Shanta Murray

Anonymous said...

My life is better today because Prentice Meador was in it.

What a mighty warrior!

My prayers go out to all of you, the family, the friends and church members. He will be missed in so many ways!

Zach and Denise Galbraith, formerly at Prestoncrest, now in Lubbock, TX.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts go out to you in the loss of this great man of God!

We live in Tyler, but regularly visited Prestoncrest to hear one of Prentice' great sermons.

We lost our 29 year old son Marty in May of 1995. The next week Madeline McCorkle sent us the tape of Prentice' sermon just before he went to the hospital to have a cancer removed from his lip...in that sermon he told of a man caught high in the Swiss Alps who could neither go higher or lower and had to be rescued. When asked how he was able to survive, his answer was that all he could think of was that he had to "hang on". We lived and survived Marty's death by listening to that sermon over and over and over again for six months.
We pray for each you to have the strength to "hang on", knowing of God's infinite strength and mercy.

Stan & Ernestine Mallory

Amy said...

It would be hard to measure Prentice's impact on my life, as he has been one of my great influences since childhood.

We are lifting your family up in prayer and asking for your peace and comfort.

Amy Wiley
Parker, CO

Leslie Jackson said...

Barbara and family,
We are in deep anquish for you all, we cannot express what we are feeling right now. We love you with the Love of the Lord. May He wrap His arms of love around you!

God Is Love!

Leslie Jackson

Anonymous said...

You were truly a man of God. The void we all feel is large, but the legacy that you have left for family, friends, and all searchers and followers of Christ is even larger. Thank you for your life of teaching and preaching and proclaiming that Jesus is Lord. You have challenged all of us to walk closer with our Savior. We love you and we will miss you.

David and Kay Redding

Thomas McKenzie said...

On behalf of my family, and my church community (Church of the Redeemer, Anglican, Nashville), our sincerest condolences on Prentice's passing. And we praise the Lord for his life and ministry. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

The Reverend Thomas McKenzie

Sutera Family said...

Barbara and family,
We are thankful for Prentice - a gifted preacher who reached my soul, baptized my husband, united us in marriage & blessed our children, marriage and life with God. No words can truly express what we long for you and our Lord to hear about the love and gratitude we feel for the life you have lived alongside Prentice as the Word of Jesus has been preached and lived so deeply. You are endeared. We know this is a joyful and sorrowful time. You are joined in sorrow for the hole that is in this world as Prentice departs this land; and in joy for the life that Prentice lived and will continue to live with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We look forward to seeing Jesus face to face, too.
-Jennifer, David, Avery & Michael Sutera

A great, great man Prentice Meador. Much of what I know of Jesus I learned from him, I celebrate and Praise his path crossing mine.
- David Sutera, whom Prentice baptized in 2006

Brad Jackson said...

It's so hard not to write to "Barbara and Prentice". I'm so numb and at a loss for words --- guess that's what believing prayer does to you. I expected a different outcome from God. I know nothing I'm going to say is going to make anything better, but I have to express my deepest sympathy and let you know how I ache for you and your family. Your loss is my loss. My prayer is that the Lord will continually comfort you and see you through this time and the many difficult days to come. May you be encouraged by the words of the hymn, "Abide With Me" (see http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh700.sht)

All my love because of Him,

Brad Jackson

Len, Carla, Victoria and Easton Reeves said...

We are so sorry for the loss of Prentice - we know your hearts are breaking right now. Thoughts and emotions from losing my dad 14 years ago came rushing back this morning. He greatly admired Prentice and I know he talks with him in Heaven now!

Continue to be strong and know that God is in control.

Thank you Prentice.

Leah Jackson said...

I heard the news this morning and with it came so much hurt. I will always remember Prentice and the amazing christian man that he was. I feel so blessed to be able to say that he was my preacher for 19 years of my life! He lead by example and will forever be missed and loved! My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time of loss!

Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Our friendship with Prentice and Barbara goes way back. We have many special memories. Your whole family is an inspiration. We loved him and we love you, Tom and Sheila Jones

Anonymous said...

Barbara and family, I just wanted to let you know that I am and will continue to be praying for you all. I have thoroughly enjoyed you and Prentice's bible class this semester. I have learned so much, and I know that I will be a better nurse one day because of it. I hope you know how much both you and Prentice are loved and appreciated. I can't wait until the day we are reunited in Heaven so that I can tell him that I was a better nurse because of you guys' class. Its not going to be the same going to the Y without the occasional sighting of Prentice-He was always making me feel bad because he was in much better shape than I was. = ) But I know he's always going to be in our hearts and minds and that is what gives me comfort. Thank you for everything you both have done for us. God will get us through this time of hurt. Prentice just needed to go ahead and get things ready for us "up there."

Tiffany Uram

John Dobbs said...

God bless your family in this time of grief and tears.

Anonymous said...

ACU - Abilene Christian sends our love, thoughts and prayers. We love you!

GS Jackson said...

Dear Meador family,

Tom Jones called me this morning to share your loss. We are so sorry and truely appreciate the example Prentice was to us a young disciples during our college years.

Love,

Greg & Theresa Jackson

Mark said...

I woke up to a different world this morning......



apologize for the length of this



As much as maybe some people think I am open, maybe to open, :) about things - Just like you, I keep many things inside and private.



My mentor and friend Dr. Prentice Meador passed away this morning.





I am at a loss for words .... 3 days ago he was fine -





This man was so important to the core of my existence....





I heard him preach in Springfield, MO at a very young age.....and than as life went it's course.....I ended up in Dallas and later as a member of the Church that had just brought him aboard to be their pulpit minister.



Listening to him hit something in me, is sparked a desire to want to hear more, and it made my heart start to melt....



I have had to stop writing this twice b/c the tears are flowing out of me......

as sad as I am I want them to come out - I do not want them to stay buried in me as I have done with hurt so often in my life...



Memories are flooding my thoughts as I type...even though I was baptized as a young man, I felt called to do so again as I was really starting to understand what Christ's whole message was all about....I spoke with Prentice about this and how I wanted to do this again ................................later that month Prentice baptized me.





The next week, in his office he shared with me about who I really am and what life really is all about......I had never heard or maybe just listen to anyone that had reached inside my heart like that day.....





Not to long after, I met Rebecca.

She had gone to church with her family growing up and was a believer. But like me and different all together, was learning what this whole "God" thing meant...



She disliked it, I am sure, as I would grab her hand and head to the third or fourth row up front on Sunday mornings ...for all the church to see as we were late (sometimes.)



Maybe some thought I was looking to be "seen" that I wanted everyone to see I was there....I honestly can say I was not ... just throw some excitement and a touch of ADD together and you will want and need to get close - not wanting to miss a word. I also so wanted for her to hear as well. I just could not explain the way he did. Not the way Prentice did.....





Later that year Prentice baptized Rebecca. A few years later we would ask him to marry us.....



Dr. Meador and George Miller came to my work early on. The boom of the internet in 99 was just that ...booming - We sat in a conference room where I showed them how ministries were using the internet to stream their sermons and radio broadcasts over the net.



Even though all the tech talk he did not fully understand - he did "get" that by doing so the messages would go way beyond the four walls of the church and would be heard all over the world.



That "sale" was my third in my new role and the first church on Broadcast.com and by all stats, one of the first to ever to stream their services.



Seeing them on-line made me really happy...Prentice was receiving emails from various parts of the world where people were gathering around a laptop and listening to this Church in Dallas, Texas.....I was happy to help Prentice share his words with so many others...I mean if his messages were affecting me and all my faults ..........it would have to impact others...





Prentice made me feel important and at such a time I did not.



About once every 3 weeks I would meet with him or he would take me to lunch. I would share with him any ideas I had about how to grow the church or market his books or talks....He would share in my excitement and I felt like "for once" I was doing what I was called to do.......



thru these times together I got to hear his insight - his desires - his heart....



My preacher was now my friend.



More than I will share here - He reached out to me and worked on my behalf to accomplish many things - I knew he was so busy. Who was I for him to even take time away from people that were sick, helpless, and needing to hear from him. But he found the time and it filled a void in me that I thought was forever to be empty.



Looking out the window I see the sun on the trees and...... I see light. Not darkness.

...but light... The light he shared with me.



I think God honored him today - His wife, family, and friends, by his bed as he passed away on this morning. Not long years of suffering or pain....but fast and gentle.



Wish I could ask God "why"? He had just begun teaching Freshmen an entry level course on the bible.........................how often these past months I wished I could sit in that class....



I know many of you who are on this list have your own memories of Prentice and countless others that he has touched so....this was just mine.



I will do my best to honor him and celebrate the life I got to share in for awhile....



but I can't help but be........................sad.



I love you Prentice



Mark

Ann said...

my prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time!

Anonymous said...

Like many others I have no words. Prentice always inspired me with his words and the way he delivered Gods message. I know a good part of the world is grieving today because of the loss of Prentice. My prayers will continue for Barbara and the rest of the Meador family.

Nash said...

Meador Family-


I am so sorry for your loss.

Prentice's life brought thousands to Faith and surely impacted your relationship with God as well.

It is sad to physically loose the man that courageously walked many (including myself) to the Father.

Much like a graduation, the feeling is bittersweet. For many, he was our teacher and his departure saddens us. However, we know that this graduation was necessary. It was time for him to enjoy the reward he dedicated his life to achieving in himself and in others.

The absence of such a source of spiritual fervor seems dark but we can all be rest assured- he is with us now more than ever; celebrating in the presence of the God he loves with all his heart and soul.

-Nash Gammill

Larry&Ann said...

We love you and are praying for you, as we have prayed for Palmer for a long time. We are grateful for you and how you have all blessed so many people. We remember how Prentice spoke a penetrating and challenging word week after week.
God is great. Victory in Jesus!
Larry & Ann Owen

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Erica said...

We are just heartbroken for you and with you over the news. Prentice has and will always have a special place in our hearts because of so much he taught us while we attended Prestoncrest. I learned so much also from precious Barbara during our Ladies class discussions. Sweet Barbara may you feel love from all over the world comforting you at this time of sadness. Your whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all!

Instituto Familiar said...

Barbara, Mark and Shelly, Kimberly and Doug, Lori Ann and Scott, we wish so much that we could be there at your side to cry and hold on to all of you. You each have meant so much to us in this life. Prentice was always our rock of encouragement through 28 years of ministry. Know that we are there in spirit. May He comfort you with the knowledge that Prentice is seated before the throne of the one he served so diligently and basking in the light of the Lord. We love you all so very much!
Jerry and Gail

Kristi said...

Is it possible for heaven to get better? It did today with the addition of a loving, funny, faithful soul.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Meador Family,
We are praying for your sweet family today, grieving your loss and yet comforted by the reality of the resurrection and all that it makes possible. Know that you are loved.
Wendy Wray Ogren

Anonymous said...

To Barbara and all of the family -- I am saddened for the loss all of you are experiencing. My heart breaks for you. My family and I have been there and can feel the hurt and ache and emptiness you all must be going through at this time. Prentice was an amazing person and God had given him such a wonderful gift of preaching His word. Barbara, I still have many fond memories of you and Prentice with Mike and I at the University of Illinois and in the early days of southern California!! I love you Barbara and your family and I grieve with you. I'm praying for God to keep you lifted up and to give you the strength and courage to get through the difficult days ahead. I know that it is hard to even imagine life without Prentice. God is so faithful to provide healing and keeps you going when you think you can't go another step. I'm praying for your comfort and peace and for you to feel His presence.
Please know that I love you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Gwen White
Austin, TX

Anonymous said...

We love you and have been in the prayer corner for Prentice over the past few days.

Prentice is one of my personal heroes on many fronts and when I told my wife Martha the news this morning her words were: "That makes me so sad. He is such a beautiful man."

You have much to do and think about now. Just know that every time you take a step fellow Christians are praying over your family and honoring Prentice.

He is a truly great man -- a prince of a man. His influence for good was far reaching and it will be long lasting.

With our love and prayers, Ronnie Norman

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."
"Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

-- Revelation 14:13

Anonymous said...

We grieve for you in this time of tremendous and sudden loss and pain. May God's incomprehensible peace continue to surround you all. Many prayers will we pray for you today and in the coming days.

Blessings,
Scott and Marcie Finley and family
First Colony Church of Christ

Anonymous said...

The Schieferstein share in your loss. So many many memories of Prentice and ALL the Meador family we carry in our hearts, now and always. God did His best work through Prentice & Barbara. We love you!
Because of a cross!
Susan, “D” & Kathryn

Anonymous said...

We are so saddened to hear of the death of Prentice. We know, from experience, how much you will grieve and miss him. We are, however, rejoicing as those in heaven must be rejoicing. Prentice was a breath of fresh air for us when we moved to Springfield 25 years ago. It was so good to see him at the Pepperdine Lectureships this year. He had quite a gift. We know that he was not only a great speaker, but a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by so many all over the world.

Our prayers continue for the whole family. We are praying for peace and comfort, and even those joyful moments of rememberance. Know that we love you all.

Bill and Fran Chism

Anonymous said...

We wanted you to know how much Prentice and Barbara have meant to us over the years. We were sadden by the news of Prentice's passing, but know he, as you stated so well in the blog, is where he has worked his whole life to be. Please let Barbara and the family know how much we love you and you all will be constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob & Pam McKnight

Anonymous said...

to Barabara, Mark, Lori Ann and Kimberly, as well as the rest of you, i can not imagine the loss of such an intrical part of your family. Please let them know that you are all being held by the angels of mercy as Prentice sits at the feet of Jesus in his time of rejoicing.

God Bless each of you today and in the days ahead ~~

Much Love~
Lori Joseph

Anonymous said...

I know you all are completely overwhelmed right now but I just wanted to express our deepest sympathy. We have been following the blog and have been praying.

I just wanted you to know what an impact Prentice had on us in such a short period of time. In visiting Otter Creek these last several weeks, I can't tell you how much Frank and I have enjoyed him. I know he has made such an impact on thousands of people and we are two of them.

We continue to pray for peace for your family.

Sincerely,

Paige Pisacane
(Alice's cousin)

Anonymous said...

Dear Barbara and Family;

Our hearts were broken when we heard of your precious loved one passing. We first heard of Prentice's illness yesterday and have been praying for him and the entire family since then. We know that he is in a better place now but we also know that your hearts are filled with pain because of his absence. Our prayers will continue to be with you Barbara and the rest of the family.
Just want you to know how much I loved and respected Prentice while we were at South National. I will always cherish the many memories that we have shared together.
We are living in Olathe , Kansas now. we moved here to be close to our daughter and son-in-law as Barbara has Alzheimer's and has had for about 6 years,and once in awhile I need their help.
May God bless you and comfort you all in the days ahead.
With our deepest sympthy,prayers and our shared love in Christ.
Larry W. and Barbara J Burris

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if you remember me. I am Kayla (Arnold). I just feel sooooo bad. I had NO idea Prentice was even having trouble. WOW! What you all are going through. L I am so sorry to about Prentice. Kelli (my sister) told me this morning. I didn’t know how to get a hold of the family. I got your e-mail off your blog. If you don’t mind will you please let the family know that I am thinking of them and they are all in my prayers! Please know we grieve with you and are very sad.
Love to you all!
Kayla (Arnold) Dockray

Anonymous said...

Barbara,
This was a poem that was sent to me when my dad passed away.

I love you
tammi



God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered,
"Come to Me"

With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.

A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove us
he only takes the best

Anonymous said...

Please extend our deepest sympathy to your family. We were at Prestoncrest Church of Christ for several years while Prentice was the pastor there. I know first-hand the pain your family feels having lost your father during the holiday season, as I lost mine during the holiday season 7 years ago. I know that right now, words don't bring comfort, but I promise comfort will come. When my father passed away, a friend gave me these words: "The pain will never go away, but each day it gets a little easier." I have found those words to be very true. My you find some comfort in the knowledge that Prentice is now in the arms of God.


The Markwardt family (Cathy, Ed, & Robbie)

Anonymous said...

Dr. Meador was such an inspiring individual. I only met him briefly once, but on another occasion was blessed by his message at the Grandparent's Day at DLMS/DLHS in October. He talked that day of leaving a letter as to our belief and reliance upon the Lord as a testimonial legacy for future generations; to affirm God's Grace within them. As a parent, that profoundly inspired me to do so. I will forever be encouraged and enriched by his example. By touching me so within such a small window of time, I am confident that throughout his life he truly lived the message of our Saviour and brought countless numbers into a closer walk with Him. The Lord has now welcomed him with open arms, he is at peace and rest, he has fought the good fight, and is at Home.

May the knowledge of his good work in this life, and the Grace of our loving Saviour bring comfort to Dr. Meador's family and all those who were so aptly touched by his presence in this life. It is hardest on those left behind in the earthly world. We must now strive to follow Dr. Meador's example of walking in the Light of Jesus' path.

Prayers are with you. May they enfold you in comfort as you continue along your journey on this side of eternity and keep you at peace until you rejoin Prentice and our Lord on the other side of eternity. From my personal experience of caring for my own parents and being at their side when they moved on to meet our Lord, it can be among the greatest of blessings to witness a loved one reach their reward. In time I pray, as your personal grief eases, the joy of sending Prentice homeward bound will strengthen and bless you as well.

May God remain ever close to you during the holidays and beyond.

God bless,
Neta Rice
(parent of DLMS student, Carrie; and
Admin. Assistant, Lipscomb Security)

Becky Jones said...

Our prayers continue to be with you. How blessed our congregation was to be touched by Prentice's life and words in recent months...He is rejoicing with the angels as we speak, we have no doubt. May the Lord's peace cover you fully right now. We will stay on our knees for the Meador family.
In Him,
David and Becky Jones

Brooke said...

Our family will be in prayer for all of you. I join others in saying how much Prentice helped shape my faith during my teens when our family were members at Prestoncrest. I remember hearing from him a call to live courageously and passionately for Christ. I remember his style of preaching and using his finger to point at the audience when making a point, and feeling like it was right at ME. What a blessing he has been to many, and in my life.
Brooke Bennett Ray

Anonymous said...

Barbara,
I am so sorry for your loss. He was blessed to have you at his side. We heard Prentice at Pepperdine for the special luncheon a few years ago. He blessed us greatly.

There is something a faithful wife adds to a preacher's work that can't be described. Thank you. Ministers and wives across the nation will read these comments and be pushed to reflect upon the power of a marriage well lived. May the name of the Lord be praised.
Larry Wishard
Denver

Anonymous said...

On the 16 Nov 2005, Dr. Prentice Meador spoke compassionately, powerfully, and eloquently at the funeral of Ezri, my baby girl. Of course, no one had any idea that 3 years and 9 days later, he would join her in heaven.

Here is a prayer he offered at that time:

Father, the tears come to our eyes, and at the same time, the faith comes to our heart. We want to turn to You, and lean upon You, and allow Your love over take this family and to engulf them.

We are thankful, Father, for the hope, and the strength, and the security and the assurance that Your word gives us: That we do not weep as people who have no hope.

We come to sustain and to comfort...to love. Most of us do not know what to say, so we thank You that we can hold their hand and put our arm around them...be here..prepare a meal, say a prayer.

We thank You, Father...sustain them and be with them and bless them and keep them. And may they, in the darkness of the nights ahead, seek you with their whole heart. May your word dictate to their hearts, and may comfort and consolation come to their affliction.

Revive them and give them life. Give them hope and strength. May they know the deep love at Prestoncrest church for them. And may they sense a sustaining and permanent love from You and from heaven.

Finally, Father, thank You for this sweet baby...that in her 11 months of life upon this earth, that she brought such joy, such pleasure, and we THANK YOU that she is still bringing that joy and pleasure in Your presence.

In the name of Jesus Christ who conquered the grave, and who loved little children especially, we pray this prayer. Amen.


Thank you, Dr. Meador, for all you did for us in life and in death.

George Galdiano

Terry and Randy Stewart said...

Barbara
May the peace that passes all understanding be with you and family during this difficult time of earthly loss, and heavenly joy in God's promise. In Christian Love and Fellowship - Terry and Randy Stewart, former PCCC members

Anonymous said...

We are so very sad over your tremendous loss. We will be praying for you all.

Tim, Kelly, Mason, and Mallory Smith

Katherine said...

Prayers going up for the whole family during this very difficult time. Obviously, Prentice's life touched many others, and that will carry on for generations.

May the God of all peace and comfort shower you with His love, comfort, peace, and protection, while you mourn in your loss, yet rejoice that Prentice has arrived at his final resting place and now gets to see Jesus' face.

Blessings to you all~

Anonymous said...

I join countless others in expressing deepest sympathies for the family but also great gratitude for Prentice's life. As a teen in Springfield, MO, Prentice modeled for me what the service of a faithful minister looked like.

Tomorrow evening I will be involved with our church family in a pre-Thanksgiving devotional around the theme of "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted from notes I took from one of Prentice's sermons many years ago. I just hope there's a "Clarence" up there showing Prentice how different our world would have been like without his influence. It truly is a wonderful life because of the mark Prentice left and even more so because of the One he consistently pointed us to.

Monty Joseph

Anonymous said...

Dear Meadors
I thank our Lord for His light shining in the life of all of you. We pray for His peace to comfort you in the loss of Prentice here but present with the Lord now. One day we will all explore the mountains together...in a new creation.
Love to you all,
Dave Mashburn

Melody said...

I am so sorry for the pain that your family is experiencing right now. Prentice was a remarkable man and I was always so captivated every time he spoke - he taught me a lot. May God give you comfort and peace during this time.

We love you,
Andy & Melody Feekes

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about ALL of you and praying that God gives you all just a little bit of peace right now.
I know that it has been many years, but I feel like you all are a part of my family. This hurts...a lot.
Please give LoriAnne, Mark and Kimberly a big hug for me.

Love you,

Kelli (Arnold) Koutstaal

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine how your heart is hurting right now, as I know how I feel, with the loss of such a friend, but want you to know that you are also in my heart! Even though there are so many words that need to be spoken, now is not the time.

You are in my prayers, thoughts, and I know, in the hands of Jesus! What a wonderful man, friend, father. . .

I so love you guys,

Bill and Sandra Oliver

Anonymous said...

It's been
difficult for me to follow all the details from China, but I've
continued to pray for Prentice and Palmer. I know everyone is
grieving, but I also know that we do not grieve as those who have no
hope. My hope is in the Lord, and I trust that His grace is
sufficient for all of you. Mimi and I love you all very much, and we
are beside you in Prentice's ultimate healing and homecoming.

Grace and Peace,

Wayne, Mimi, Katie and Colin
____________________________________
Wayne Barnard (字维恩), PhD (哲学博士)

Anonymous said...

I join countless others in expressing deepest sympathies for the family but also great gratitude for Prentice's life. As a teen in Springfield, MO, Prentice modeled for me what the service of a faithful minister looked like.

Tomorrow evening I will be involved with our church family in a pre-Thanksgiving devotional around the theme of "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted from notes I took from one of Prentice's sermons many years ago. I just hope there's a "Clarence" up there showing Prentice how different our world would have been like without his influence. It truly is a wonderful life because of the mark Prentice left and even more so because of the One he consistently pointed us to.

Monty Joseph

Anonymous said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. Mark, I only met your dad a few times when he stopped by the alumni office, but know how far and wide he is renowned and loved. You were so kind to me several years back when I worked for you as a student and found out my mom had cancer.

I hope in some way, I can now repay your kindness by letting you know how my family is fervently praying for you and yours right now. Prayers are no doubt being offered worldwide for you, especially here in our home.

Love and Blessings,

Kristi (Pawlik) Dominguez

Anonymous said...

Barbara and entire Meador family,

One of God's greatest messangers has gone to join him today. I live in Houston, Tx. and am longtime friends with Jan & Kent Jackman. I was introduced to Prentice at Prestoncrest and had the honor of listening to many lessons & sermons via my computer back here in Houston. I will pray for your comfort. Prentice will truely be missed by all who were lucky enough to come into contact with him.

Stick Delaup

judy thomas said...

I am so saddened--as with my Sam's death, it is untimely, unbidden, and greatly mourned. I am truly feeling your sorrow, Barbara, in my aching heart.

Judy Thomas

Anonymous said...

If I knew nothing else about the man but what I have read written here by those who love him, that would be enough to be worthy of deep respect.

In the very limited experience I had with Dr. Meador, his charisma, passion, command of his area of expertise and his ability to communicate with those listening to him made a strong impression.

His family has my sympathy.

Anonymous said...

I just want to let you know that we are holding you up in prayer to our Father as are the thousands of others who have been touched by, loved by, uplifted by...and the list goes on...Prentice and Barbara Meador. Robin and I plan to be there when we know the arrangements. Love, love and more love, Dee

sheila said...

Barbara and Family...How sorry we are to hear about Prentice...what an amazing man he was! Our hearts are hurting for you but I know he is now rejoicing with our heavenly Father...love you...
Neal, Sheila, Paige and Holt Legan

Stacey said...

What a loss for mankind today, what a gain for Prentice. He touched the lives of countless people and we are blessed because of his life. Thank you to his family for sharing him with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Jason Watts. My family and I live in Mansfield, TX and we attended Prestoncrest years ago.

We just want to express our deepest love and concern for you and all of your family at this time, especially Barbara. Your father had a deep spiritual influence on me and my wife.

God blessed this world with your dad for 70 years and now your dad rests in the arms of Jesus.

May God's spirit lift you up and comfort you.

In Christian Love,
Jason

Anonymous said...

Dear sweet Barbara and family,

I simply don't know what to say. I think I feel the way my children feel, like Prentice was invincible, like this just can’t be real! How can it be so? As I think back on all the inspirational sermons, and the times just sitting at the feet of such a Godly man, I feel SO extremely blessed to have known Prentice Meador!! His legacy will go on forever, and what a legacy it is. Russ and I were blessed to have received the "grand tour" of Lipscomb from Prentice back in June, along with a few other PC friends, and I wouldn't trade that time for anything!! It was evident that he loved Lipscomb and was so proud to be home. Now his is really HOME!! Home with his maker, the one he SO loved, the one he was passionate for. I am reminded of Prentice when I see the "title" of the PC bulletin, "Passion for God, Compassion for People". This exemplifies Prentice! He was truly passionate for God, and he had such compassion for people!! My heart just aches for the loss of Prentice in this world, but I know the angels in heaven are rejoicing that he has finished the race and has come home!! Barbara, please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!! God loves you and his boundless love will engulf you!!!
In Him, Teresa Renfro

Matt and Kristen Mazza said...

Matt and I consider it a great blessing to have called Prentice our friend. Barbara, our arms want to wrap around you and help carry you through this time. We love you and are greatful for the influences you have both had in our lives! Love, Matt and Kristen

Matt said...

I couldn't even begin to imagine where I would be right now if it wasn't for Prentice. It was his inspirational preaching at Prestoncrest that led me to the small close-knit group of church friends I now have.

I truly thought of him as a superman of sorts because he had such a deeply passionate faith...I am shocked, surprised, and yet also in a state of happiness as Prentice joins our Father and His Son right where he belongs.

I offer my sincerest prayers to Barbara and every single member of Prentice's family as they go through this time.

Paul said...

Paul, Raye and Lara Lakey. We hurt with your precious, dear family. A great soldier and gentle servant has joined the Lord's host! Know that the Lakeys are praying for comfort in the midst of the storm. Kimberly and Doug, we love you and hurt with you!

Anonymous said...

I was so sorry to hear about Prentice. From the time Barbara Cooper called me Saturday morning until I found out that he died this morning I have been worried about the situation. It is so sad that such a healthy man could go so quickly.

I hope the best to all of the Meador family. Prentice used to buy the book "Good Grief" by the truck load, and would give it out to those that suffered the loss of someone they love. I hope that each of you will go through this book, as I did when he gave it to me after losing my father, and it will help you as you slowly work to get past this devastating loss.

Cathy and I send you all of our love.

Mitchell Huebner
Cathy Wesson

Anonymous said...

For over twenty years I have listened to Prentice via the tape ministry. My mother, my wife, and myself have shared these tapes with others. They have changed the lives of so many. They have been played for people in hospitals and to others all over this Country. He has changed my life. For some reason God needed him more than we need him. I will continue to listen to them and learn about the love that God showed us through His one and only son Jesus. Yes, Prentice had and showed the love of Jesus in his preaching and his life. I can't wait to get to heaven and tell him how much he changed my life. Thank you for showing me Jesus. Tom

Anonymous said...

Dearest Sister in Christ, may I enter your world of sorrow to share the pain of losing a husband. The days ahead will be hard and sometimes feel cold, even on a sunny day. Look inside yourself,as there,you will find many wonderful memories that only you and Prentice shared-they will give you warmth. Talk often,to your grandchildren,of the silly times and wonderful family stories so that their grandfather will be just as alive in 5 years as he was in the past. Be sad when needed, be brave when YOU want to be brave. Laughter will return, but the tears will still be a comfort also. Your faith will not waiver, but maybe for awhile,it might not be a beacon--shinning as brightly as it once did. Do not be disappointed in yourself in anything you might think or feel in the days ahead, as your strength will return. Be patient my friend! Lovingly, Carolyn Cleaveland

Anonymous said...

I know the pain
of losing a father and it hurts, hurts!
We have the blessed assurance of Prentice being with the Father--yet
we hurt--how are we ever ready for
this loss?
We pray for the precious Holy Spirit to nurture all of you, Barbara,
and all the family!
We pray for the comfort that is beyond our imagination.
We pray that you will truly grieve this loss--and not repress it as I
did for years in the case with my father.
God was the first one to both cry and rejoice!
We love you guys and continue our fervent prayers for you!

Grace and peace,
Paul Lakey

Anonymous said...

We are struck with such sadness and shock to here about Prentice. Barbara, you and the entire Meador family are in our prayers. Our fifteen years together at Prestoncrest were filled with so many unforgettable moments both in sorrow and in joy. We know that God has called Prentice home for a reason and we look forward to that glorius day we can be with him again. Please know that are arms extend around your entire family in love and prayer for you all. We love you.

In Christian Love,
Brian and Stephanie Price
Stillwater, OK

Anonymous said...

Dearest Barbara and family,

Marie and I are grieving with you at the great loss that we all are experiencing at the news about Prentice and his passing. I have listened to the Otter Creek sermon about Prayer and Intercession, and we feel sad that we only learned of his illness in the attached death message.

Please know that we loved him deeply and appreciated him greatly for his spirit of service and missionary zeal that we loved and shared. He has been an encourager to our work for many years as were his parents before him.

Our hearts are filled with grief but with joy in the hope we have of that eternal life reunion.

Thank you Barbara and children for sharing him worldwide with other christians bringing the gospel to the World...

Love Maurice and Marie Hall

Anonymous said...

I remember when I first heard Prentice's message of hope.
It was almost 9 years ago, and I was a newcomer to Dallas, TX with no church home. I had visited only a few churches and was invited to Prestoncrest by a fellow employee at the time, Lecreshia. Something about his sincerity and God's hand on Prentice's heart spoke to me, fed my soul. I remember feeling less desolate about life because it was temporary, and the real journey began once you reached the other side.

I could say tons about how hearing Prentice's words and fire for Christ fed my soul. I was sad to see him leave Prestoncrest in Dallas, TX, but I am less sad that he is now with the One who loves us all. The One he'd been telling us about all these years!

You have my sympathy as you go through this transition. One of Prentice's many messages was that when you're vested in God- it's never really over - rather, our stop here is temporary and not to worry, we'll all catch up with each other on the other side. Amen.

Anonymous said...

No words can describe the sadness I have for your family right now. Listening to Prentice preach for 10years is part of the reason I feel closer in my walk with God. He will forever be missed! He had such a wonderful gift preaching God's word, and many souls have been added to God's family because of that gift. A faithful servant has now gone home. Barbara, please know I will be praying diligently for you and the family.

In Him,
Jennifer Wright
(former Prestoncrest member)

振奋 said...

May God be especially close to you all at this time. I have read through some of these posts, just wishing I could have known Prentice.

Jaime and I feel like we know him. So many people have said such wonderful things about Prentice. We, in a small way, are a part of his ongoing ministry in this world. We work in Beijing, supported by Prestoncrest. We continue to pray for all of you. We know God is providing for your comfort, strength, and healing in this time.

May Prentice's life be wonderfully celebrated because he was such a faithful servant of God! May many remember Prentice, recall his commitment to our Lord, and in so doing be inspired to increase in their faithfulness to our Father.

Blessings for you all!
Andrew & Jaime Hill

Anonymous said...

We were so blessed to have had your family with us at Prestoncrest for 19 years. Prentice will always be in our family and in our hears. We wish you comfort and peace.
Bob, Kathy and Ryan Owens

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My family was praying that God would keep Prentice with us, but I suppose the Lord needed his angel to come home.

Prentice was my preacher during a difficult time in my life, and I consider it one of the great blessings of my life to have had the opportunity to hear him every Sunday. I am one of the countless lives he saved that he never knew about.

Peace unto the Meador family and understanding that Prentice's victory is complete. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain...

Perhaps that is the best and last lesson Prentice taught us all is the fragility of this life and the need for the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Michael L. Daniel

steve ashworth said...

A family well loved...a life well lived...to hear Him say, "Well done"...what more could you ask for? God bless the Meador family.

Anonymous said...

I learned more listening to Prentice in the few years I attended South National than I had learned in a lifetime of church attendance. In addition to his family’s grief, it’s a sad loss for everyone who knew him. He had so much left to teach us.



Myra Massey

Nixa, MO

Anonymous said...

Although the time we spent at Prestoncrest was only 2 years, it was probably the best two years of our life. Prentice was a wonderful friend and minister. I was honored to have him speak at Bob's funeral 4 years ago in Houston. He came by the house afterwards and talked to me anfd gave me some valuable advice. I will never forget this wonderful men and what he has meant to our family. I am keeping all of you in my prayers.

God bless your family,

Kay Onstead

Anonymous said...

I have just learned of Prentice’s untimely death. (Tues. morning) The Kingdom has lost a valiant soldier of the cross. Prentice was a friend, a mentor, a ‘preacher’s preacher’—and he was my hero! Barbara, may the God of all comfort be with you and your family.

Dr. John Cannon
Walnut Church of Christ
Texarkana, Texas

Steven Schlegel said...

I love the reality of Prentice crossing the finish line into the arms of Jesus...and celebrating the moment he lived his whole life for. He was a tremendous teacher to me and God used him in a wonderful way to bless my life with a better understanding of His gift of grace, through Jesus Christ. I am terribly sad on one hand, but joyful on the other. I am praying for your family.

Clyde said...

He meant so much to me. I will never forget him and the good influence and deep impact he has had on my life and ministry.

Thank you Lord, for Prentice Meador.

Dr. Bill Allen said...

I just yesterday (Dec. 2) heard this very sad news, sad for all but Prentice. Prentice was the finest preacher I have ever known. He was one of the very best speakers I have ever heard. Prentice genuinely cared about the Lord, His church, His work, and His world, and he very humbly and sincerely gave his life in that service. My prayer is that God will give us all the strength to follow the example of our dear brother, as he followed the example of Christ.

Anonymous said...

To our dear teacher,

We fondly remember your biblical teachings and words of wisdom as former members of Prestoncrest. We will always remember how the Holy Spirit worked within you when you spoke in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. You made the words of God more applicable, real, and inviting with your God-given talent. You will be missed greatly and our prayers go out to Barbara, Mark,and the Meador family. Prentice...you finished strong! Thank you for your example.

Dean & Paige Malone

Lee said...

I am in shock. I had no idea that Mr. Meador had passed away. He was my preacher at Prestoncrest and even after I moved out to California, he still took the time to stay in touch. I would see him at the Pepperdine Lectureships and he was always ready with a smile and a hug.

He was by far one of the best preachers I've ever heard and still remember alot of his sermons.

My sympathies and prayerful hugs to the family. I have still been praying for him all this time.

Lee Ann M.