Apr 15, 2008

My Dearest Friend Is Gone

My dearest friend, John, has passed. His sister told me he passed peacefully in his sleep Sunday night. I had a wonderful extended visit with him last week. I'll tell you about it soon. I know John was an incredible light for Jesus, so he is blissfully happy to finally be in a body that isn't broken. And he is able to communicate what his mind wants to say. So he's not broken now, but I am. I would appreciate prayers for me, that I can be at peace. I can't put into words how much I love this man, and I am going to be very lost without him. I'm selfish, I wasn't ready to lose 'Pop' and I can't imagine not seeing his beautiful smile again.

Six years ago my father died suddenly--and I have no doubt he is welcoming the man who stepped in and graciously filled the void in my life he left. It only adds to my knowing that there are incredible times waiting for me on the other side. It's just this side I don't feel terribly excited to be on right now. John's death has appeared to bring out the not-so-kind side of his sister, but I'll hold that for another post...this is about John, the sweetest, funniest, cuddliest, most adorable and loving man I ever had the privilege to know. He loved me just as much as I loved him, I'll miss that. A lot.


21 Comments:

Shana said...

Stacey, I am so very sorry to hear this news. You have said all that I could of in this post to offer as comfort. He is whole and at peace now in Heaven! So, I will pray for you to have a peace about John's death. (((HUGS)))

Terence Chang said...

Stacey:

I am sorry to hear that. Live goes on! We should take care of ourselves. So our lovely families will not worry about us.

take a good care!

Mrs. C said...

Aw, I'm sorry Stacey! And the sad music. :[ Bless ya hon.

Especially Heather said...

I am so very sorry Stacey that you are hurting, but I am rejoicing in the fact that he is dancing on the other side with Jesus!

I look forward to reading about him in depth when you post about him next :)

-H

D... said...

{{{Stacey}}} I have no doubt that your dad is with John when he meets Jesus. I am so sorry for the pain you are feeling. You were such a good and loving friend to him. There are jewels in your crown, my friend. Love and hugs to you.

Bubba's Sis said...

I'm so, so sorry, Stacey Sweetie. I know how much you loved John, and he was blessed to have you in his life, just as you were blessed to have him in yours. No doubt that he is dancing in Heaven tonight. I'm praying for you to have comfort, Sweetie. Love and hugs to you.

Cate said...

Hi Stacey,

so sorry to hear your sad news, but thank God we have a hope and future with him.

Thinking of you,
Cate

Jenny 865-53oh9 said...

Hey, girl...how are you doing this morning? I"m still praying for you (as always). I just had a funny thought...can you imagine the stories that your dad and sis are telling John about you? They're probably filling him in on all the goofy things you've done and said before he met you. And he would know every bit of it was true!

Love ya, Gidge!

Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

So so very sorry to hear that, Stacey. I know how much he meant to you. ((hugs))

Cathi said...

I'm so very sorry Stacey. You are definitely in my prayers and I send you love and hugs.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

I know you weren't ready for him to go Stacey. Find peace in knowing that he didn't want to leave you either and that one day you will see him again.
(((lots of love)))

it's me, Val said...

Stacey, I am truly deeply so sorry. I, too, can't wait to hear more about him. We're here for you!! And it's so sad how death can bring about sour feelings in others. I understand that as my family went through that a few years ago with someone. It's not fun and it makes the sadness, hurting and healing even harder. (((hugs)))

Peggy said...

Stacey, May the peace of the Lord be with you, may His Holy Spirit bring you comfort! May you celebrate the glory of John and your dad dancing in paradise! In the sad moments that overwhelm you, may the joy of the Lord be your strength...reminding you of the good times you shared with them both! It's hard to let go and rejoice when we feel so empty and broken! Times like this are so very difficult to get through but you can and you will and you MUST...carry on for the love of them, and your family, for God feels your loss and HE IS WITH YOU through all the emotions that are flooding you right now! Be strong and focus on the sweet memories that hold John in your heart next to those of your dad. Be a source
of comfort to others. Remember his beautiful smile and reflect on the good part and may your morning, which is very real, BE turned into DANCING!Praise God and the blessing John is to you and the void he filled, let that be filled my God's tender, sweet, loving, comforting spirit...He can be funny and cuddley too!

david mcmahon said...

Loss is always a big blow, but sudden loss is even harder, I pray for strength for you....

Jim & Jami said...

So sorry Stacey sweetie

Trinity said...

My condolences Stacey... I know how it feel, lost our beloved 'Pop', miss his smile, long to hear his voice again, want to touch him again.. I try to be grateful for the time we had... for the love we felt.. My prayers are with you, my dear friend.. be strong as he is happy meeting Jesus now..

Misty Dawn said...

Oh Stacey, I am so very sorry. I know how much he meant to you and how much you meant to him. He will still be with you every day now - you'll feel his presence with you (I promise - just open your senses so that you notice it). I love you Stacey ((((HUGS))))

Kim said...

Stacey,
I'm so sorry to hear this but am filled with joy knowing that he is up in heaven enjoying himself to his fullest content. Know that prayers are being said for you every day of your life.

Sandi McBride said...

Prayers for you, I'm sure none are needed for your Pop...he is where he wants to be, I'm sure...but his spirit will always be around the ones he loved and the ones who loved him...such a beautiful tribute.
David sent me over...another marvel, our David
Sandi

Marie said...

So sorry to hear this news.

Wendy said...

My condolences, Stacey. I'm glad you got to have that great visit with him before he went home to glory. ((hugs))