The Heart with a Smile

45241_1484948975411_5273848_nToday we lost a beautiful person to the ravages of cancer, E. L. Thomas. I will always remember how he introduced himself to me as we met for the first time several years ago. He was the lay leader at the church I was being appointed to serve. He stuck out that salesman hand, and with a huge smile on his face said: “Hello preacher, I am E.L. Thomas – your lay leader – the E.L. stands for “Ever Lovin’”. We had a good laugh about that, but I later realized that “Ever Lovin’” described him to a tee.

I never saw E.L. just sitting around. He was always a blur of motion and activity – always laughing, always planning, always on the move, always helping, hoping and praying.

E.L. was also a bright and shinning example of caring for all of us to see, as he constantly cared for his wife Martha who was going through the different stages of MS. I know there must have been moments when he was at the edge of his energy, when he felt like he couldn’t do this any more. But we never saw that. We saw an E.L. who was always lifting, hauling, caring – doing all he could for the love of his life. If we could care for our spouse half as much as E.L. cared for Martha we would be in great shape. He set the example by showing us it could be done… and done with style.

I loved his smile which opened the world to his heart. He was a happy, loving man who really cared for people – all sorts of people – and cared for his Lord and His church. He was always excited about his church and what we were doing and could do. When we saw E.L. we saw a man who was being touched by Jesus.

I will miss him – we all will – because we need, really need people like E.L. Thomas – people who bring the Lord into our presence with their care, energy, love and grace. “Ever Lovin’” we are gonna miss you – but we know you and Jesus will always be Forever Lovin’.


a Grieving HeartYou will notice at the bottom of the header (above) are a list of my books. I have added the last one so you can order The Grieving Heart in paperback form. All the other books are eBooks. I hope that you will take the opportunity to read these and I hope they will help to bring you comfort and grace in time of need.

7 thoughts on “The Heart with a Smile

  1. E.L. called on me as a sales representative for roughly 30 years before I retired from Bowen Town & Country Furniture. You described him well – he was ALWAYS on the go, always positive, always smiling. He was one of the finest men – and finest Christians – I’ve ever met.

  2. Steve, I’m convinced that you are God’s appointed wordsmith for this corner of His kingdom. Those are beautiful words put together in fine tribute to our friend E.L.. Thank you.

  3. Beautifully expressed…A never ending smile that was contagious with a heart of gold…He was definitely a Godly man and will be sorely missed by many…

  4. Steve, this is a wonderful tribute to E.L. He is truly an inspiration to me in all the ways you described. A wonderful man, he will be missed here on earth…but heaven just got a shining star!

  5. This was wonderful. Yes , he will be missed. His memorial is on Saturday at 11:00 and the choir has been asked to sing. We dedicated a song that he loved last Sunday to him and also went to his home to sing for him. Polly

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