Dad’s Memorial Service

Recently I was privilegedto say a few words at my Dad’s memorial service. Here’s what I said.

Dad’s Memorial Service, August 12, 2012

Good Evening.

My name is Tim Holler and I’m proud to be the youngest son of Jay and Wanza Holler.

I just want to share a few things about my dad.

Many of you remember him as he was in recent years; bent, hurting, on a walker, or on his scooter. But when I was growing up, he was the strongest man I ever knew. And I always wanted to be strong like him. He could lift anything; he could loosen any bolt; he could swing a sledge hammer until other men would drop. He was amazing.

One day, when I was in High School., I came home with a 7 inch nail (a spike, really) that a professional arm wrestler with arms like Thanksgiving hams had bent like a horse shoe.

I showed it to Dad, thinking he’d be impressed. He said, “I can do that. Get me a nail.”

So I did, and sure enough, just like that professional arm wrestler, he wrapped a towel around it and went to work. Before long, he got that thing bent and I got myself impressed…again!

He was so strong.

As strong as he was, he did have one fear…snakes. Now he would never say he was afraid of snakes. He would just say he didn’t like ‘em. That word “fear” just didn’t flow comfortably from his lips.

And of course Pam and I made the mistake of taking him to see the first Indiana Jones movie in a tiny little theater, with tiny little seats that he just about tore out of the floor the first time that snake came crawling through that scull’s open jaw. He called out, “Timmy, you didn’t tell me there’d be snakes!”

But mostly, he had a great love.

I know that you know, that he love his God, and he loved his family, each of us…each child, grandchild, great grandchild, adopted, married in, moved in, rented in, loved in, charged in, no matter how you got into the family…he love you!

But his Great love, the love that flowed from every pour of his being and got him up every day; the love that made his life worth living…was the love for his Wife, my Mom.

This is no secret.

This is his legacy. “Husbands, love your wives like Christ loved the church.”

My name is Tim Holler and I’m proud to be the youngest son of Jay and Wanza Holler.


A Prayer of Praise

Our precious Lord Jesus,

When you were on earth, you laid your head on straw and you were clothed in blankets.

In heaven your head and hair are white like wool; you have a crown of gold, and you are clothed

    in light.

On earth you were despised and rejected of men.

In heaven you are worshiped and honored above all.

On earth you were beaten, spit upon, and crucified.

In heaven you are resurrected, living, and adored.

What are we to make of a Savior who presents himself on such a vast spectrum from

     humility to Glory?

We are to make MUCH of Him!


“Let us make daily use of our riches, and ever repair to him (Jesus) as to our own Lord in covenant, taking from him the supply of all we need with as much boldness as men take money from their own purse.” Spurgeon

God and orphans

But God has a very soft spot for the unprotected and vulnerable. He is the Father of the fatherless. Be careful what you do to those who have no guardian. He will step in. If not now, then later. And it won’t be pretty. PS. 68.5

“If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasures of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising [sic] and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.”

Being fashionable offers acceptance in certain crowds. But ultimately, only holiness can affect the kind of change we will find satisfactory.

Ask Adam and Eve! They walked with God in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden.

Ask Enoch! He walked with God and was no more for God took him.

Ask Noah! God spoke directly with him, making a covenant with mankind through him and blessing him and his family forever.

Ask Abraham! Whom God called out of Ur to go to a land he did not know and become a father of a multitude.

Ask Jacob! Because he wrestled with God until He broke his hip and limped the rest of his life.

Ask Joseph! To whom God manifest Himself in dreams.

Ask Moses! Who was so close to God that when he walked away, his face would glow.

Ask Isaiah! Who saw the Lord, high and lifted up, seated on His throne and the train of robe filled His temple.

Ask Peter, James, John, who saw Jesus, not only live his life before them for 3 years, but manifest his glory before them.

Ask Paul (Saul, at the time) who saw so much of the presence of God, that he was blinded.

Ask John! Who looked and behold,….His head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow,  and his eyes were like a fiery  flame. 1:15 His feet were like polished bronze  refinedin a furnace, and his voice was like the roar  of many waters. 1:16 He held  seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His  face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 1:17 When  I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead.