Thoughts from Elder Holland

On Sunday Evening (16.8.20) Solihull ward celebrated the 25th aniversary of the dedication of their chapel.

For those that don’t know, Solihull was a center of church leadership for many years. When Elder Holland served as the United Kingdom & Ireland Area President, he was based in Solihull, attended church there and it was during this time, that he dedicated the chapel. With this connection to Elder Holland, the ward reached out and he accepted an invite to take part in Sunday evenings online devotional.

As my daughter-in-law grew up in Solihull, she invited us to watch, it was lovely to see her Grandma, a good friend of Elder Holland, say the opening prayer.

Lots of things that were said uplifted my spirit, but there are a couple I feel to share.

Firstly speaking of trials and tribulations, both personally and globally Elder Holland expressed this was a normal part of life and our purpose for being here. Paraphrasing the following from Vance Havner

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”

It is God’s plan to allow things to break, like muscles the strength comes from the repair.

Secondly things happen in the Lords time but that doesn’t mean we have to wait forever. Clutching a piece of paper, with names of Solihull ward members currently missing from the fold of the ward, Elder Holland spoke through tears, of how quickly the Lord can bring them back. Using a quote from a poem by John Donne.

“He brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light; he can bring thy summer out of winter, though thou have no spring? God comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, not as in the bud of the spring, but as the sun at noon…”

God is a God of miracles, he doesn’t have to gradually change darkness to light. He creates light instantly.

This brings great hope to the many of us with family and friends, for whom we yearn for a return to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our prayers are heard. Miracles happen, grain is broken but it is to bring forth shoots on a bright new day, even today.

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