"For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers ..." (1 Corinthians 4:15, NKJ).
Tom Monroe, one of the spiritual fathers of our city passed on from glory to glory yesterday morning, March 5, 2012. He was our elder statesman, an apostolic voice, and a father in the faith. He inspired me and so many others with his consistent faith, sound wisdom, and gentle spirit. He was a champion of the unity of the Body of Christ in our city and region. He was tireless in his exhortations to practical faith that first prayed and then became part of the answer to the prayers in the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. And perhaps above all, in the final season of his life, he passionately called us to our place of responsibility and authority as fathers in our families and fathers in our faith.
As one of his many sons in the Spirit, I'll truly miss him. And I'll seek to honor him, as his legacy lives on through the lives of those he encouraged and inspired. Like Simeon who would not pass on from this side of eternity to the next without seeing the Messiah, I praise God that Tom Monroe saw the beginnings and the birth-pangs of the great move of the Spirit he so passionately prayed for and was such an intimate part of (Luke 2:25-35). We entrust him now to You and into that great crowd of witnesses, looking on from heaven to see Your legacy and theirs come to pass in the fullness of time (Hebrews 12:1). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, please join with me in holding the family of Tom and Gwen Monroe in your hearts and prayers through this season of both celebrating Tom's passing on to the great joy of heaven and also mourning our great loss from us here on earth.
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destiny in Christ!Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries