- Updated: 27 March 2017
… and I dedicate this piece to the memory of Holly Gene Tolbert, who God blessed His world with from her birth on October 23, 1955 to her death on March 10, 2017. It is our responsibility as children of God (her brothers and sisters in Christ) to remember her with gratitude.
Holly served as an elder at Oak Springs as part of her life journey. It wasn’t the most important role of her life… that was reserved for her three daughters and five grandsons. But it is the role that allowed me the greatest opportunity to know and appreciate this special lady. She really loved God and ordered her life under the philosophy that “Life’s a joy… then you go to Heaven.” Her joy in life was a choice she made daily… and it was not always an easy choice, especially when her cancer returned with a vengeance.
This last bout with cancer was very costly to Holly. It took her life… her joy-filled life that she longed to give so much of to the people she loved and cared about… the above mentioned and the many family and friends she knew over the years. She was angry with God about the cancer and its persistent and steady deterioration of her body… but she continued to love the people in her life anyway! That is a great life-lesson to embrace from Holly’s life.
I imagine that she and God have this issue completely resolved and that, with God, she now longs for her people to choose joy… even when circumstances make that choice really hard. So here’s to Holly… may we all choose joy and share that joy with the people in our lives, making their lives more important than our own… and one day, we too will join Holly and the countless others who inhabit the eternal resting place that Jesus calls “Heaven.”
For His glory,