In Memory ~ Rich Hollinger

What a difference a week makes LORD!  What a difference 24 hours make!  A reminder that our time here is very short and precious.

I want to yell, scream and stomp my feet.  Why?  Why Rich?  Why now?  He was so full of life.  He made the world a better place just by living each day with so much joy.  He went out of his way to help people:  family, friend, coworker, neighbor or stranger it made no difference. He lived a life of service.  He cherished Amie and his daughters.  They were his life and his world.  I can still see the way his eyes lit up any time he talked about them.

And then there was his work!  Or as I like to think of them……the 3 Musketeers.  Nick, Larry and Rich.  all three very passionate about the work they do.  All three giving the best of themselves to build a company that is known for integrity, honesty, doing what’s right and where the customer is the priority.  That says so much about the character of each one.  They not only lived it, they held each other accountable to continue living with those values.  They respected each other but above all they considered each other family.  It doesn’t always take blood to be brothers.

So I have to ask why LORD?  Why Rich?  Why now?  He was too young, he had so much more life to live, he had more years of being Amie’s husband, more years of being Lexie and Anna’s dad, and there can’t be a 3 Musketeers with only 2!!!

It makes no sense LORD!  Yet, I can imagine how big Rich’s smile was when he heard those most glorious words we all long to hear:

“Well done good and faithful servant, well done!”

His smile lit up any room here on earth, I can imagine when he received his eternal reward, for his servant’s life, it was bigger and brighter than the sun.  And knowing Rich I can believe he probably yelled out “HAIL YEAH!”

His work here was obviously done but how do those left behind more forward, how do we go on without him here?  How does Amie, Lexie, and Anna begin to put back the pieces of their without their husband and father?

I know Your Word says: Your ways are not our ways; Your timing is perfect; Your plans are to prosper us not to harm.  I know Your Word always bears fruit and will be there for them but LORD honestly right now I don’t want to give them a Bible verse.  Show me a way I can be of help to them, to be the hands and feet of You.  To live out Your Word instead of repeating Scripture in their time of need.

I ask for Your mercy LORD.  Wrap Your arms around Amie, Lexie and Anna; every member of Rich’s extended family and his Manor Roofing family let each one feel Your presence in a deep comforting real way.  Let peace come into their souls, hearts, minds and bodies.  Remove all worries from them LORD and replace it with You.  Place on their hearts and minds good memories of Rich so that instead of crying through the pain they can laugh through the tears.  Help them to celebrate the man You created in Your image.

In the days, weeks and months ahead I ask for Your servants to be there in the time of need for Amie, Lexie and Anna – just to be there for them in the way they need.  May the three cling together in their grief and not allow this to divide them.  Help them to be patient, understanding, kind and forgiving not only to one another but to themselves as well.  LORD, my heart breaks for them.  I just ask You to hide them in the shelter of Your protective wings and let no more harm come to them, only Your rich blessings.  Remind them that they are strong through You.  In Jesus’ Name I Pray ~ Amen.

“Strong Enough”
by Matthew West

You must
You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe
Maybe that’s the point
To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I’m finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that’s when I start looking up
And reaching out

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Cause I’m broken
Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong
When I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don’t have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

Oh, yeah

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not strong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
Strong enough

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16 thoughts on “In Memory ~ Rich Hollinger

  1. I’m so sorry Veronica! I will be keeping Amie, Lexie & Anna in my prayers. I’m praying alongside your prayers for this family also & for God to show how to be his hands & feet to the 3 of them during this very hard time. Praying for you too Veronica, Larry, Megan, the manor roofing employees, all Who knew & loved Rich. Love you lady! Take care of yourself during this time.

  2. Amen and amen to your beautiful prayer. May you all, most especially his family, experience the fullness of the comfort that can be given by our God, the God of All Comfort!!

    Blessings to you,

    Wendy

  3. I met Rich while attending Parkade Elementary. We had not been in touch much since Hickman High School. But thanks to Facebook we had both reconnected with lots of classmates. I enjoyed his posts and pictures of his lovely family. This is pretty much the way that I felt also when I got the news of his passing on (so this brought back those initial feelings along with tears), but you put it in words so eloquently. Thank you so much for this!

    • I haven’t stopped crying since Larry told Monday morning. I can’t imagine attending events and not seeing him there – teasing me and making me laugh. Randomly yelling out or texting HAIL YEAH. In some ways it doesn’t seem real to me.

  4. I am so sorry for your devastating loss Veronica. Your words about him bring tears to my eyes. I know it must be so difficult to see your family and friends in pain and also to feel that void from his loss. What a beautiful prayer. I prayed it out loud and know that God will comfort each one of you as only He knows how. Sending waves of love and prayers to all of you. Blessings!

  5. Veronica, my heart breaks for you and Rich’s family. You but it so well what we often feel when someone is taken away so young. I rejoice with you in knowing he is singing with angels and praising God “in person”.
    I will lift you and your friends up in prayer V. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Catherine

  6. What can I say, Veronica, You spoke the words sitting on the hearts of so many. After 3 years the grief does not go away, but God will carry us all to him someday and I still pray for peace and comfort for all how loved him. Joyce

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