A Note to Holly

Note: I wrote the following letter to Holly Winters in late March. She went to be with Jesus on April 21. Her family gave me permission to print this.

 

Holly,

I haven’t seen you in quite a while, so I thought I would write you a letter. I am sorry that you have been through so much pain as you have battled cancer and related issues for the past three years. I have prayed consistently for you. My desire has been that you be restored to perfect physical health. It appears my prayers are not going to be answered. God has an inheritance awaiting you that is far better than anything in this world. You will be with Christ and with those believers who have gone before you. Tell Kurt Linstead I said “Hi.” I will join you soon.

My prayer for you now is that God will give you His peace that passes understanding. My dad used to tell me that dying is serious business. I agree. Still, I know that you are headed to heaven because of your faith in Jesus. I just read today in I John 5:11-12:

“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Your faith in Jesus guarantees your home in heaven. You will be surrounded by such perfect joy and love that you will know a fulfillment this world can never give. You will be greatly missed by countless people on earth because of the huge impact you have had on so many. We will miss your big smile and your practical service and your devotion to Jesus. However, you will not miss us. It will only seem like a few minutes and you will turn around and see us joining you in our true “forever home.”

Understand that I continue to believe that nothing is impossible for God. If He chooses to heal you, I will rejoice and look forward to having you share your testimony on another Sunday morning! However, if you do die physically, yours will be the gain. Things will be different here without you, but God will remain faithful to provide the needs of those you love. It is OK to go on to be with Jesus. You won’t have to suffer any longer. I want God’s best for you.

I love you,

Earl