The Legacy of Meadow Lemon


…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Meadowlark and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Lemon, 1994

Meadowlark and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Lemon, 1994

“Meadowlark” Lemon died yesterday. He was 83 years old.

For 22 years, people from around the world laughed at the antics of the kid from Wilmington, N.C. He was the “Clown Prince” of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. His name and patented hook shot are ingrained in the memories of multiple generations.

But more important than this, Pastor Lemon was a born-again Christian. He became an ordained minister in 1986.

“I have to keep moving,” Pastor Meadowlark once said. “The only time I wait is when I’m waiting for God’s correct direction. You can’t run ahead of God. If you are two blocks ahead of God and He turns off, you miss it and that can be a long distance in the wrong direction. I don’t want to miss it.”

In 1994 he and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Lemon, founded Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing lives, to change the world.”

His most meaningful quote for Christians (and everybody, really) comes from his book, Trust Your Next Shot. “It’s the joy that counts in life…. I want you to always remember that life’s most meaningless statistic is the half time score, and as far as I’m concerned it’s always half-time. I wish you joy, my friends. In the great game of life, trust your next shot.”

Meadow Lemon III, rest in peace.

"Meadowlark" Lemon

“Meadowlark” Lemon