Billy Holland | The memories of our loved ones live within us

Published 6:05 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017

When I was growing up, my dad was a custom home-builder and he taught me a lot about construction and how to do things myself. He passed away last year, and my mom gave me some boxes of tools that he had saved from the past and I put them in my shop. I have been replacing my privacy fence this spring, and the other day while I was looking for a drill bit, I noticed dad’s old set of bits. As I opened that old familiar yellow plastic box, I remembered the good times we had spent working together. The flood of emotions took me by surprise and I just sat down and allowed the memories to roll like I was watching an old movie. My dad was very talented, and I was always amazed at his strength and what he could do when it came to building things. He was creative and had an ability to problem-solve and was not afraid of hard work. He was respected for his high level of expertise and was definitely a true craftsman. 

As I thought about how much I miss him, I was reminded that one day I will see him again. It seems I never really considered how precious my time was with him, but now I think what a blessing it would be to hear his voice again. I am sure you feel the same way about your loved ones, and how we have a tendency to take for granted they will always be there. We have a small plaque in our house that I walk past every day which says, “You will never be forgotten although we are far apart – your memories live within me forever in my heart” and how true this is. We have a brief opportunity on this earth to spend time with each other and hopefully to also get to know God, and the Bible declares that for those who are born-again in Christ, death is not the end – but is actually the beginning. This gift of eternal life is the best news that has ever been given! 

John chapter 14 says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” May you be comforted to know there is a heaven where you can live with God forever and be with your loved ones again. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things will pass away” (Revelation 21:4).

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Dr. Holland lives in Central Kentucky where he is a Christian minister and author. Ask for a free copy of his new CD called, “Keeper of My Soul” at