Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Specific Prayers ...

As we continue to pray for the Johnsons, I thought of adding some new specific prayers to what was already written on the previous post. Here are some that I can think of:

1) Pray for their re-entry to Maui. They had a good time with JoAnne and her family in Virginia, as well in LA with Joe's family. They were all together as they grieve. Now that they are back on Maui, a new wave of grief will surface - please continue to pray for comfort and encouragement.

2) Pray for their re-entry to work. I am not sure when (I think Joe will be going back soon), but when they do, it would be very very difficult, it will be tough. Pray for clarity of mind. Also for understanding and compassion with and from their co-workers and clients.

3) Pray for their re-entry to church, fellowship with others and ministry. Even this will be difficult as they try to blend back and live a "new normal". Pray for us as well, that we will be compassionate and understanding as well as sensitive and caring in this very emotional year. Pray that we'd have the wisdom to know how to best offer sympathy; and that we will be comfortable surrounding them with love, not being afraid to mention Joey's name in conversations.

Please add in the comment section any other specific prayers you may think of. Thank you....


Anonymous said...

Job 33:26(TLB)
"And when he prays to God, God will hear and answer and recieve him with joy,and return him to his his duties."

Job 33;26(KJV)
"He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him:and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness."

anjuli paschall said...

We will continue to pray. It is such a good thing to pray for each other- there is strength in prayer, as the Spirit binds us in love. In His love, Anjuli

Anonymous said...

I've often heard that the Lord doesn't give us more than we can bear but I don't read that anywhere in scripture except to say a reference about temptation in 1st Cor. What I do read over and over again is how the Lord comforts His people time and time again.
Dear Joe and Karen,
it seems you've had enough grief to last a lifetime and all within a short span of time. I wanted to share a scripture in Lamentations 3:31 For no one is abandoned
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
because of the greatness of his unfailing love.
33 For he does not enjoy hurting people
or causing them sorrow.

Our prayer is for you to continue to feel the Lord's love, compassion, healing and rest for your aching hearts.
Love to you,

Bill and Lu Kepler said...

Liza, you write so beautifully. You are doing such a wonderful service for the Johnsons and for all of us. Thanks. Lu and I will continue to pray in the only way we know how. With zeal and with love.
Bill and Lu

Heather said...

Though I have been busy I have not forgotten. I have continued to pray for you and your family. I love you and wish that I was there to help in any way that I can.
Love to you all,
Heather Overholt