I hope you had a Leo in your life.
Leo was a big guy and greeted you with a huge smile, big pat on the back, and a strong handshake with his bear-paw hands. He was a guys-guy who kept goofy teenage boys in line and challenged them to grow up. He was a girls-guy who had no problem being gentle and compassionate when they needed. He drove the van, played the games, jumped up and down, whooped and hollered with the best (and loudest), and lead by example during bible study time actively engaged in the teaching and preaching of the word.
Leo died this past Friday night.
Here are some quotes from facebook and twitter from those who knew him well:
We have lost a dear friend today. So sudden. Please pray for Leo’s family. For those of you that know him- he got into heaven yelling very loudly, “WooHoo! I’m finally here!”
saddened to hear that Leo passed away…the world lost a great man, but I know he just gave Jesus the biggest bear hug ever.
Leo, I would love to see how you greeted Jesus today! It won’t be long, and we’ll all join you! I miss you already!
Lost an amazing Christian mentor, father-figure, and friend today. RIP Leo. You were always there for me and I’ll always be thankful!
Goodbye to my dear friend, Leo Fields. I hope you know the many ways you encouraged us. I look forward to laughing with you again, buddy.
To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.
Leo was an honest disciple. I do not ever remember him “wear(ing) a false face”. He loved Christ and Christ loved Leo. He lived his life with the confidence of Romans 8:18, “for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us…”
He seemed to know that though this world and this life is hard, so much more awaits those who have been called “out of darkness into his marvelous light”.
It’s been several years since Jo and I have lived in that wonderful town amongst those wonderful people; yet, when hearing the news, we still felt the loss. We will mourn with the family and friends, even if from a distance.
Enjoy glory, Leo! Save me a seat at the table, man. I’ll be there soon and we’ve got some catching up to do…