“The word came to us at Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) in 1982 that ‘the’ Meadowlark Lemon was born again. We could not even dream that this legend would grace our little TV station. But one day, bigger than life, he walked in with a grin from ear to ear and a heart as big as a basketball and a spirit that would melt your soul.
It was love at first sight, and second and third, and until this day.
I remember inviting Meadowlark to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a TBN family rally. We were staying in a hotel there and we were to meet in the lobby at 5 o’clock to ride to the auditorium together. We heard there was a huge group of teenagers celebrating their graduation from high school but thought ‘they won’t know us, so we’ll just go right through the crowd.’
All of a sudden, I heard screaming and shouting and running toward our group.
I thought ‘ohhhhh no, they know us and we’ll be late,’ but all I could see was bodies running past me and screaming ‘Meadowlark, Meadowlark, Meadowlark Lemon!’
They jumped and screamed and got autographs and pictures for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, I was standing close by just holding his coat and Bible. He was gracious to all of them.
I think in the end I said, ‘Sir, can I have your autograph, too?’ I probably still have it somewhere to this day. After all, it’s Meadowlark Lemon, people! The Meadowlark Lemon! Now, get me this book. I can’t wait to read it. I wonder if he’d autograph one for me – ‘Oh, I hope so!’ Make it out to: ‘Your best friend on earth, Jan Crouch,’ please?? I wanna show it to my grandchildren. They’ll think Gramma’s cool.