She is a lovely woman. You can see, even from this profile shot from a few years ago, how warm her face is. Her arms are every bit as warm, and her love for her kids – the biological children and grandchildren, and all the kids she has welcomed into her home over the years – is something that sticks close in the heart. I am one of those kids, even though some years have passed since I’ve been in close contact. Holly’s home was a haven for me in my teen years, and her family has been a huge blessing in my life. Holly herself has hugged me, listened to my heartaches, encouraged me, and is someone who ranks up there in my list of beautiful servant hearts that inspire me to pursue quietness and selflessness in my life, merely by her example.
Holly is fighting for her life with her children around her this very minute. She has had a brain aneurysm, is not responsive, and doctors are saying she will not make it through. This is a tragic prognosis, and is being felt hard by everyone around her. Completely unexpected, and far too soon to see her slipping away.
I’m clinging to hope for an unexplainable miracle. For restoration and a chance to spend years ahead watching her beloved grand-babies grow. If you would, please join me in prayer for her to be made well in spite of the odds, for her family’s needs to be met in full, and for the Lord to be near to all of them as they navigate this uncertain and troubling time.
Holly – I love you, and we’re not giving up. You are a vision of beauty and grace, and I am thankful beyond words for all the love you have given me.
***UPDATE: I have received word that Holly has passed away. I am very sad, as are all the friends and family she leaves behind. Please feel free to leave memories or prayers for the family in the comment section and I will be sure to share with them at an appropriate time. Blessings to all. We miss you already, Holly.