To the Editor: Twenty years ago this month our son turned 17 years old. It was to be his last birthday here on this earth. It is hard to imagine 20 years without seeing or talking with him, that it has been so long.
The Bible says, “... one day with the lord is as a thousand years in one day,” 2 Peter 3:8. As time has passed I can more comprehend that statement regarding time. Those first years without our son here seemed to drag, the hours and days seemed endless. And now, it seems the years are flying by.
When life is full and things are going well, times seems to move quickly, there hardly seems to be enough time to accomplish all we have on our schedule. But when calamity comes time seems to drag, almost to stand still and the thought of facing another day seems overwhelming and unwelcome. Life is hard.
As a Christian, we have HOPE for eternity and for a future past this life. Without that HOPE I cannot imagine how one can cope with all the trials and difficulties we face in this life, what hope does that one have to face the uncertainties and hardships we all encounter. Life is hard even as a Christian, we face death, hardships, trials, not without pain or sorrow or even despair but at the end of the day we have HOPE. We have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to give us eternal life and hope. With his death, He brought us life.
We were blessed to be able to go to the Holy lands in 2011. We went into the tomb where Jesus was buried, the empty tomb, and there was a plaque on the wall that said, “HE IS NOT HERE, HE IS RISEN.” There is such promise in those words.
Jesus said, “ ... come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28. This world can be very wearisome and burdened with the cares of it ... but we have a HOPE to help us through every trial and even each joy. A free gift of life from the ONE who gave his all for all of us. John 3:16
Thirty-seven years ago we received a wonderful miracle of life and love, a beautiful baby boy, John Andrew Eskind Hollingsworth. He is not here but he is alive and well in a real place, Heaven. We can live and love and even have joy because even missing him here, we know he lives. We will see him again.
Happy 37th birthday to John Eskind Hollingsworth.
Bill and Gloria Hollingsworth