No – not my joy in the Lord. I will never lose that.
I met Joy on Facebook almost five years ago. We were in a Christian group together and began to chat. I loved her immediately. She adored the Lord Jesus Christ and we chatted off an on all day about Him, about the Scriptures……about the Rapture……about heaven.
She was so genuine. We would talk about the false teaching we both saw springing up in many churches. We talked about replacement theology. We talked about the coldness and downright hostility towards Israel we were seeing in many denominations.
Joy was not hesitant about asking questions of the leadership of churches she and her husband were visiting. She wanted to know if the leaders viewed the Word of God as inerrant and infallible. She would ask them if they taught on Bible Prophecy from Revelation and Daniel. She wanted to know how they felt about Israel, and whether they knew that the Church did not replace Israel in the eyes of God.
We spent many hours discussing this heresy. Joy would tell me that she would not sit under teaching from a pastor who did not understand that the God of the Bible and Allah were two separate entities. Our God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the one True God. Allah is a false god – probably Satan in disguise.
She walked the walk
And so did her husband. Joy welcomed so many into her home; people who had fallen on hard times. When others might say “How can we trust those we don’t know that well?” Joy would answer that with “I’ll leave that to the Lord – He will protect us.”
Fostering and adopting children
I lost track of how many children Joy and her husband had fostered and adopted. When she talked about one of the children, I would always have to ask “Is this child a fostered, adopted or one of your own?”
And if you wanted to see the most adorable pictures of dogs who were waiting for their “forever home” you could just look on Joy’s FB page. Hardly a day went by that she didn’t post these pictures.
Joy had been suffering with MS for many years. She would lose her balance and tell me about the latest spill she had taken. But she never complained. We would pray together about it.
I had just started writing for Rapture Ready, when Joy wrote a wonderful article for RR about the “Jewish Wedding Ceremony.” Here is the link:
The Jewish Wedding Ceremony by Joy Wriston
About 2 1/2 years ago, Joy was diagnosed with colon cancer. Once again, one would not hear complaining from her. She truly inspired me in every way. She began chemotherapy and many of us were praying for her daily.
The “Joyous” visit
When Joy and her husband were visiting their son, they made time to stop over for a visit with us. We had the most wonderful afternoon fellowshipping with them. It felt like we had known Joy and Dave for years and years. I know that FB has it’s problems, but for us – because we do not have a church home right now – Facebook became a church of sorts. And the incredible thing about it is that we connect with others who are truly born again. And then when we connected in person – well, there are no words!
My Joy is in heaven
She graduated to heaven this past Tuesday. It’s bittersweet, you know? I find myself breaking down when I look at the list of friends who are online in FB and don’t see her name there. But then I think to myself “She is with Jesus! She is no longer in pain! No more suffering!”
And the sweetest and most comforting thought is this: All who are missing her, who are born again from above, will see her again in heaven! We know this is true and we wait for our Blessed Hope.
He could come at any minute. We are to live as if He will come at any minute!
God tells us not to speak to the dead. So I will speak directly to our Lord Jesus.
Jesus, would you please give Joy a hug from all of us who love her so much? Jesus, please tell her that we will see her soon.
Brethren, please be praying for Joy’s husband Dave, and for all of her family.
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Hi Geri i’m sorry for your loss but We have the Hope of seeing those who have died in Christ we will see them very soon at the Rapture of the Church! Check this Bible Verse. The Comfort of Christ’s Coming
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[b]
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
God is with us!
God Bless and MARANATHA!!
Geri, I’m so sorry for your loss! It’s not easy when you find that one friend who is such a faithful follower who is able to uplift you with scripture and everything of our Lord. It is bittersweet as it leaves such an emptiness in our lives when they are called back home. Seek comfort in our Dear Savior and thank him for Joy! Thank you for sharing such a loving story. May God Bless you and give you peace in such a difficult time.
What a lovely comment! Thank you so much 🙂
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She sounds like a wonderful lady! I will definitely pray for all who have been affected by her homegoing.
I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know Joy until the last few months of her life, and at that it was a brief encounter on Facebook, but I was struck with her faithfulness and love for Jesus and I am so happy she is with our Lord. I’m sorry for your loss Geri. It’s a bitter sweet loss, because on one hand she is in heaven, but on the other, so many will miss her presence on this earth. Love you Geri!
I love you, girl. More than I can express!
Geri, I am sorry for your loss, what a blessing a friendship like that is to have on earth, and it will live on for all eternity! God is so good! 💕
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