Prayers for JA Benson

If you have noticed something missing at M* lately, it is because JA Benson’s husband Mike passed away this week.  He was young, just 50, and he died of a heart attack.  Joanna is now a widow.

Her husband Mike is being dressed today and there will be a small graveside service tomorrow.  One of Joanna’s first thoughts was to let her fellow bloggers here know that she would not be able to participate on M* with her usual enthusiasm.  She says:  “I started lurking in 2004 and commenting in 2005.  M* was where it started for me.  I know we do not really know each other, but I have felt a sense of community.  I need all the heaven sent prayers I can get.”

Please say a prayer for Joanna and her family to help her through this difficult time.

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Geoff B has had three main careers. Some of them have overlapped. After attending Stanford University (class of 1985), he worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. In 1995, he took up his favorite and third career as father. Soon thereafter, Heavenly Father hit him over the head with a two-by-four (wielded by the Holy Ghost) and he woke up from a long sleep. Since then, he's been learning a lot about the Gospel. He still has a lot to learn. Geoff's held several Church callings: young men's president, high priest group leader, member of the bishopric, stake director of public affairs, media specialist for church public affairs, high councilman. He tries his best in his callings but usually falls short. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

23 thoughts on “Prayers for JA Benson

  1. Oh Joanna. We’re not exactly next door, but we’re here for you. Your name is on the Seattle Temple prayer roll. God be with you!

  2. I will be attending the Mesa Temple with my wife Saturday evening and will add my voice in prayer as your name is on the prayer roll of that beautiful temple as well.

  3. I don’t know you Joanna, but I know some of what you are facing. I lost my husband to cancer when he was 47. Obviously, life will never be the same but life will eventually feel good again. Please remember that. You most certainly will have my prayers to support yours.

  4. Having lost too many loved ones I can understand some of what you may be feeling. I hope you know that you are loved despite this tragedy and that you chose to allow the comforter into your life.

    Recognizing that grief is necessary and appropriate and that each of us deals with these difficult circumstances in our own way, take hope that though there will always be a tender place for your husband, you’re heart will heal. Sorry, if I’ve said too much, try forgive those who unsuccessfully attempt to comfort you, including me, we just know the pain you feel and wish to help lift your burden. Our prayers are with you.

  5. Joanna, I am so sorry. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. I don’t know what to say, but I am really sorry for your loss.

  6. Oh, Joanna, I was so sorry to learn of the death of your husband Mike. Since I’m the same age he is, I can state with some confidence that is too young to die. My prayers are with you.

  7. Oh my! Such a blow! We all say the same thing–”You’ll be in our prayers”–but it is a very real sentiment, an encircling of JA by many friends who would bear her up like angels.

  8. Oh JA, I don’t know what to say. I only hope the gospel can be solid and sure for you, in a time when all else must seem suddenly less so. Hugs.

  9. JA, I’m so sorry for your loss. I always appreciate your comments and contributions around the bloggernacle. My prayers will be with you and your family.

  10. When these words fade away, remember you will still be in our hearts and prayers.

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