Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Roller Coaster Ride ...

Everything is well, then suddenly...shocked, indescribable grief, unfathomable sadness, agony, despair, then loves pours, support came, hugs, embrace, crying, more crying, wailing, tears, trust, peace calm in the midst of storm, standing on the Word of God, relying on God's promises, pockets on joy in grief, suddenly it once again hits .... sadness, grief, pain, weary, tired, hyperventilating, cannot breathe, anger, rage, sadness, deep sadness, fatigue sets in, then a reminder of love, mercy, sacrifice, peace that the world cannot give, trust, hope, support, prayers, lots of prayers, memories, joy in remembering the good times, thankful for the blessings, thankful for eternal life, but slowly sadness comes back, grief, agony, missing Joey, weary, withdrawn, numb....... looking unto the Jesus... longing for heaven ... and it goes on...

We don't know how long this roller coaster ride will be. Please continue to pray. Let the Johnsons family know you're praying

I found a good article for reflection, HERE.


Anonymous said...

Joe and Karen
We are praying for the you that the One who holds you, who can never let you go, will sustain you moment by moment.....step by step....we love you
Kelly and Jan

lorensaved77 said...

It's interesting how Liza put that Picture of the roller coaster up there with her discriptions cuz I actually voiced these very words when we were going thru the grief of losing Danielle..."GET ME OFF THIS ROLLER COASTER IT'S MAKING ME SICK AND I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN MAKE IT ANY FURTHER"
It's sad, but true, that roller coaster never stoped it only got slower, less jurky, easier to handle, smoother, and a more pleasant ride,finally being able to function on it and enjoy the scenery once again and the people and faces all around me... again the coaster never came to a complete stop, it probably never will until we step out or off it into Heaven one day, But Karen and Joe, Please believe me when I say...The ride wil get better, lean on the Lord to carry you and sustain you and He will be there!
Love you,
Can not wait to give you a Hug!
Nancy and Loren Family

Anonymous said...

Joe and Karen ,
We just had an evening at my house with feelings just like the once posted on the roller coaster ride ,one day before Joey passed away Valeria's brother went to be with the Lord as well ,also so very young just like Joey .What a mix of emotion ,It is a big comfort that they both will be with the Lord ,but we still are going to miss them.Try to find comfort and strength from the Lord because he does understand and he will listen just cry out to Him and He will be there and hold you through this healing process.Alex and I will continue to pray for your family .Love and hugs Anuschka

Trish Garcia said...

Dear Karen and Joe,

Still thinking about you; still praying for you. Cannot stop thinking about you; cannot stop praying for you.

We love you so much,

Trish Garcia and Family

Anonymous said...

Joe and Karen,
I just want you to know that I am still praying for you...there's rarely a moment that goes by that I don't think of you and your precious family. I love you very much.
thank you for writing on my dad's blog...that was so sweet of you :)
love, Maisha

Anonymous said...

To the Johnson family,

I am so glad that Liza has been able to put this blog together for you. I think it is so neat to see thru this blog how much Joey was loved and how much your whole family is loved. I am always thinking and praying for you guys.I love you.


Anonymous said...

Wow, "The Roller Coaster Ride" says it all. You have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers especially last Sunday. I didn't know your son, but he sounds like he was a wonderful young man! I hope you were able to laugh some as others shared happy memories of Joey. I have discovered there is no "magical formula" for grieving. Everyone does it in their own way and in their own time. However, one thing is for sure, our God is a loving, faithful and awesome God! Continue to trust God. He will carry you through this time. You will have good days and not so good days. Allow yourselves to feel the different emotions as they arise. One thing that I do recommend are the daily devotions from Grief Share. They help me tremendously. As others have said, one day at a time. Praying for you always! Kim Evans

Janet on Maui :) said...

Karen & Joe and family,
waiting for your return so we may shower you all with our love & hugs. Praying for you every day as you trust the LORD during this crazy ride of loss, emotions all twisted, yet the joy of knowing Joey is in the lap of God. It was so wonderful to have Izzy back, I missed her and couldn't hug her enough :)
Hugs always, love & prayers too,

Anonymous said...

Dear Karen and Joe,
I'm finding that since Joey's death, I am waking in the early hours of the morning some days, knowing that those are times I am called to pray for you. The Lord is so faithful to call his people to support one another in their darkest times.
Love to you both, Lynne Andagan

Anonymous said...

Joe & Karen,

"The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24

"This God is our God forever and ever!" Psalm 48:14

Love & Prayers, Kevin & Shirley

Ann Sugrue said...

Karen and Joe,
I am praying for you guys and asking Him to be your source of strength. I love you, Ann

anjuli paschall said...

i found the Lord leading me to pray for your family last night around 12:00 am. i am praying and trusting that the Lord's hand is present with you on the roller coaster.
anjuli paschall

Lee & Renee said...

Dearest Joe and Karen and Family, I read this somewhere, "We don't know what the future holds but we know Who holds the future". We know the Lord has it all under control and we know that He cares about every tear your eyes drop... One day we may understand but for now we can only trust. May God help you to trust Him even when you cannot fathom the circumstances around us. We are praying for you with much love,
Lee and Renee