|A friend, a brother, a fellow yokeman in the gospel. My memories of Ed Thomas both sadden and inspire me, because it appears that he was taken from our midst before he could complete his life’s mission. But, I think of our Lord’s ministry that lasted only three years, yet he accomplished all that the Father purposed for his life here on earth, the salvation of mankind. These words from I Chronicles 28:20 give me great comfort and hope, “And David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and fear not, nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee. He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.’”
Edward Thomas was a man of extraordinary courage, strength and vision. He leaves a legacy to his wife Sandra, their children, the church that will never die. This man impacted the lives of all the came in contact with. He gave us a true picture of the Christian soldier who endures hardship without complaint. His favorite scripture was Job 13.15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him. But will maintain mine own ways before him.” His never say die attitude and never give up spirit inspire me and others to stay in the battle until the victory is won.
Ed is now resting from his labors and has joined that great cloud of witnesses that cheer us on to stay in the race until we cross the finish live and win a crown of eternal life.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1993; p. 238 By Rev. Robert J. Addison|