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Holly Rogers
Prayer for my family and myself for the lost of my 17 yr old brother


My 17 yr old brother was lost on May 25, 2001. I pray for the strength in the loss that I am still dealing with.

On May 25,2001, my brother Darryl drowned while swimming back to shore when a boat he was in capsized. Him and four friends were fishing at night in two boats. One of the boats started to take in water so they all got in to one boat. My brother was holding the boats together to help everyone in, when the second boat cap-sized. I awoke that morning with great horror. My parents and I drove out to the lake and were told the horrible news. These last 5 months have been hard. We have had support and prayers from loved ones and friends but sometimes the hurt and pain is so hard. I feel that I will never be complete in my life and that something will always be missing. I've never had to deal with this pain before and I'm not sure if I will ever feel happy again. Please send prayers and I know he is happy in heaven looking down on us.



 
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justmehere
10/27/2001 04:10

Dearest Holly, I ache for you but I notice he was such a happy boy, surely he is happy too in heaven, and wants you to have a good life. He was doing the heroic thing at the time of his loss, I am proud of him. Love, Maggie


eacraig
10/27/2001 04:29

Dear Holly it is with sadness that I read the news of your dearly loved brother. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow you and your family are feeling. I too lost my darling husband to very tragic circumstances nearly 5 years ago. As time goes on not only do you think of them without so much pain but within knowing that they are in a land of love and peace, just waiting there for you. Although they may not be with us on this plane, we will be seeing them again on our next journey. It seems impossible I know to believe in that at times, but your grief will come to that stage. Hold onto your belief in God and rely on his strength at this time of needs. Rest in peace, Annelies 27.10.01


eacraig
10/27/2001 04:31

Dear Holly it is with sadness that I read the news of your dearly loved brother. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow you and your family are feeling. I too lost my darling husband to very tragic circumstances nearly 5 years ago. As time goes on not only do you think of them without so much pain but within knowing that they are in a land of love and peace, just waiting there for you. Although they may not be with us on this plane, we will be seeing them again on our next journey. It seems impossible I know to believe in that at times, but your grief will come to that stage. Hold onto your belief in God and rely on his strength at this time of need. Rest in peace, Annelies 27.10.01


belevnmrkls
10/27/2001 04:31

Dear Holly,
I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I'm sure you know that God has a very special plan for him. Your brother knows how much you miss him, and as he watches over you and your family every day, he wants to see going on with your lives and to be happy. I send you my prayers for strength as you and your family go through these difficult times. God is right there beside you, he knows the pain you are feeling. Put your heart in his hands and let him heal your pain. He is there for you and always will be. God bless you and your family.


MyLove2U
10/27/2001 08:26

Dear Holly,
I`m very sorry about the loss of your brother.I also lost my brother 8 years ago.He was 22 when he passed away in a motercycle accident.I also pray for strenght everyday and find comfort in that he is in a better with God now.I will pray for stregth for you and your family.I didn`t know your brother but I`m sure he would want you to be strong and keep living out your life with as much joy and happiness as you can.I feel that both are brothers are Gardian Angles watching over us with God.If you ever want to talk to someone e-mail me SHIDION@aol.com In LOVING MEMORY OF our brothers DARRLY and MIKE ROGERS


duece_high
10/27/2001 09:10

Holly & family,
Y'all have my deepest& most hearful sympathy & prayers. Losing a family member (sibling or parent) is the hardest. My prayer for y'all is:
"May God grant to you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change;
the courage to change the things you can;
and the wisdom to know the difference."
Darryl is now an angel of God and has not really left you -- physically yes, spiritually NO! He is now helping God "direct, guide, love, and protect" you and your family.
Remember, the glass is half-full as well as half-empty. Therefore, embrace those you still have physically, and share/experience the grief. It is part of the healing process to mourn and grieve. The healing process emotionally is comparable to a physical healing -- should we unfortunately break a bone the initial pain can be (and usually is) extremely painful. However, the doctor will do his best to realign the broken parts, keep them there with a cast (eventually autographed by those we ask), and give us instructions as to what we can do and should not do, and we then experience the healing process, and at some point in time, the cast is gone & the bones healed -- we may have a scar but that is a reminder of our healing and growth. The lose of a loved one requires the same process. The lose (the initial break) is most often very painful (grief); God (the doctor) will realign the broken parts (if we let him), realign our lives and place a spiritual "cast" in place (family & friends also grieving -- autographers); HE will then give us our instructions (we need to listen in order to hear/feel them); we then mourn (experience the healing process); when our "cast" is not there (family & friends getting back to duties of living on earth), we realize our brokenness is healed but NOT forgetten; our memories (scars with positiveness) are reminders of the healing experiece and growth!!
Sorry this is so long, but...remember, Darryl is now God's angel and hero as well as yours. GOD'S PEACE TO Y'ALL.
Roger


DebiMR
10/27/2001 09:19

Dear Holly,
Your prayer so touched my heart today. I too lost my only brother (there were just the 2 of us) to drowning 16 years ago. He was a happy, popular, loving brother.I miss him everyday but as I'm sure others have told you, with time God removes the pain and restores peace in our hearts. Reading your prayer brought back that feeling of pain and loss to my heart for you. I too wondered how I would go forward and what was the point without him in my life. My heart felt broken and empty. I could only go on with the belief that God has the answer to our "whys" and that God is the only one that could heal my heart. So many things have happened in the 16 years since his death that I would like to share with him, and I share it in my heart.Your brother will always be in your heart. And we have to remember he is in a place much better than we are. No Holly, the ache and longing to see him or hear his laugh or him calling your name never goes away, but the pain does. And by some miracle of God it is replaced with a smile and a warm feeling for being blessed to have had him in my life. For all the things he taught me; For all the love he gave me.I thank God for the years that I had with him and all the lives he touch in his short time on Earth. I will pray for you and your family. I remember how I wanted to be comforted but everywhere around me (my parents) were suffering also, so I tried to be strong for them. I felt so alone in my pain.Find someone you can talk to. Talk about him with. Cry to, laugh with, vent your anger, question why, whatever you're feeling. Talk to God, but find someone close to you that you can share your pain and grief with. Healing comes faster that way. Don't do it alone. You aren't alone. You are in my heart now, and in my prayers.


sbarber
10/27/2001 11:01

Dear Holly,

I lost my mother in March and my dad 7 years ago. Although she was elderly, it doesn't seem to be any easier. The fact is that we don't want to say goodbye to any of our loved ones. I have a wonderful husband, children, and three precious grandchildren, but sometimes I still feel "alone" since the loss of my mother. Strange!! Missing our loved ones is a natural feeling, but I believe our response to that should be to make each day count for something good, don't waste a day, do good things for others, and share we what we have to share with others--may it be wisdom, thoughts, material wealth, or friendship. Life is short, so make it count. Ask God to use you in whatever way he can today--focus on that, your mission now, and not on your pain. This is what I'm trying to do each day and it has helped. But at the same time, keep your brother alive in your heart by talking about him, sharing good stories and don't be sorry for your tears. I've decided that my tears are a form of thanksgiving for the wonderful parents that God chose to give me.

In His wonderful name, Sandi


lmd151
10/27/2001 13:04

Dear Holly,
Your pain has been heard by God and everyone that has read your article about your brother. Words cannot express my sympathy. Death is never easy. A young, sudden death is devastating. I pray that over time, God will take away the pain and leave all the wonderful memories for your parents and yourself. I believe that God does have a purpose for everyone. Darryl is now going on with his purpose...possibly that of an angel. I know that is the purpose of my loved one who died 7 years ago. I still grieve over the loss, but grieve with tears less frequently now. It still hurts, but less often. I have many things that remind me of her and they bring me great joy. I pray that your family will move in God's grace towards this direction. Have solace that everyone that reads your story will keep you in their prayers and that you and your family are not alone. Turn to God and he will deliver you, slowly yet deliberatly. Go on with faith.
Bless you.


juneb1208
10/27/2001 16:38

Dear Holly,
In everything God has a purpose and I know HE let these things to happen for a good purpose you'll know at a later time. Let's just pray that he may see GOD this very time and may his spirit be with the others to rise with Jesus in heaven when HE comes. I pray for Daryll's soul that he may be in peace with the LORD. Amen.


AidaMaria
10/27/2001 18:17

Holy Jesus, rest Daryll's soul. Give his family peace, and give all those who are lonely happiness and freindship. Mary our mother, Queen of Peace, pray for this family.


ANGELHEAVEN2GOD
10/27/2001 18:21

DEAR HOLLY,
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR
FAMILY~~SOMETIMES DEATH COMES SO SUDDEN AT TIMES THAT ARE UNEXSPECTED.
I PRAY FOR PEACE AND HAPPINESS TO
COME TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THRU YOUR FAITH IN GOD~~ HE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO MAKE IT THRU THIS~~IT MAY TAKE TIME BUT HANG IN THERE IT WILL GET BETTER AN JUST REMEMBER THE HAPPY MEMORIES YOU HAD WITH DARYLL AN HE WILL BE WAITING TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!:):)
MY NIECE LOST HER 7 YR OLD BOY TO
CANCER~HE HAD IT SINCE HE WAS THREE~AN
I MADE IT TO SEE HIM IN THE HOSPITAL BEFORE HE DIED. IT WAS SO SAD,BUT TO SEE THAT LITTLE BOY SMILE SO BIG WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT HIS CAT AT HOME~IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES. BUT I KNOW HE IS WITH ALL THE OTHER CHILDREN~EVEN MY FIRST BORN THAT I NEVER SAW OR HELD~AN IS PLAYING WITH JESUS~~AN HAS NO MORE PAIN. HE USE TO ASK HIS GRANDMA TO TELL THE NURSE'S "HE WANTED NO MORE POKE'S~AS HE SAID~SO SAD!!
ANYWAY~LIFE DOES HAND YOU SOME TUFF THINGS BUT KEEP GOD CLOSE TO YOU IN YOUR HEART AN YOU WILL BE HAPPY AND MAKE IT TIL HE COMES AGAIN!!!
TAKE CARE
LOVE IN CHRIST
ANGEL:):)


pinerelli
10/28/2001 22:44

Dear Holly
I'm so sorry for your loss this must be so difficult.I don't know why these things happen.I do know that the universe will provide everthing you need to get through this difficult time.Utilize the tools that are presented to because there is streangth in them. Good luck. Love David


walubank
10/29/2001 07:47

Father God I thank you for Holly and Family. To be absent from this world is to be present with Jesus for born again Christians.I pray you fill the vacum in the heart of Holly's family. Make them to forget about themselves and concentrate on you. As the deer pant for the water brook, pant their soul to know you and worrship you. Bless them mightyly and cover them with the blood of Jesus. Meet their needs and bless them with peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen


pray10
10/29/2001 10:17

Holly & Family, At times of sorrow we must look to the most high our Heavenly Father. He knows what you have gone through & are still going through. Our Fahter wants us to live our life has he has it planned. At times it seems so hard to move on & keep our hope & happiness. I pray you & your family keep your faith. As time moves on your pain will lessen. When you feel down pray, sing of joy & remember the good times. Your brother is in such a peaceful place, just like he is smiling in the picutre he is smiling down on you. Remember you will see each other again one day. Only God knows our destiny in life. God Bless you.


bunky67
10/29/2001 11:03

I never saw my step-brother Ronnie between the ages 4 & 18, since my step-father is an evil man (another story) and Ronnie's mom wouldn't let him be around. When he turned 18, he wanted to get his own opinion of the jerk. So he moved in with my mom and step-father for several months. I got to finally "meet" him again and spent alot of time with him. He even came back to stay at my house for a few days on his way back to his mom's. Several months later (on April Fool's Day)I was at my mom's for spring break and we got a phone call from his mom in the middle of the night (which was very strange because the number was unlisted so she couldn't harrass us). We thought it was all a joke, but it wasn't. Ronnie had jumped off a 9 story building and killed himself. That was just the beginning. That same year, my Aunt that I had just gotten to know and felt very close to died of cancer. Then my papaw died of congestive heart failure. Two years ago, the guy I dated almost 5 years was struck by lightning and killed thank God he had always had a religious background and had really dedicated his life at that time. Even though I was married to someone else (I always thought we'd eventually be together), it was hard on me and still is. I spent more time and more of my life with him than any other human being on the planet. His family treated me (and still does) like I was their daughter-in-law (which made the funeral even worse). Even though I was very angry at God for letting all this stuff happen. I knew there was a reason, I just kept ignoring it. When my step-brother killed himself, I took a long look at how I was living my life. I thought "If I died right now doing the stupid things that I am doing right now, how would that be different than killing myself. I know I'm in danger, but doing it anyway." That still wasn't enough. I started into church again, but slacked off when God gave me someone else that would help me have a good life. That's when my ex-boyfriend died. At first I thought it was because I started having doubts that I could be faithful to my husband, knowing that he was still out there and that my feelings were really still there (because just two weeks before it happened I was praying to God for help). But now I see it was really to give me another kick in the butt for using God to get what I want and then slacking off again. Other things have happened off and on whenever I would come up with excuses to not go to church, so now I am terrified to miss even one Sunday. I still get depressed, but it gets a little better every day (and I do mean little), but the days add up to months and years, and though I'm not sure about my step-brother (I hope there is some loop hole for him to still be in heaven) I can't wait to go!


twogroh
10/30/2001 09:56

Dearest Holly and Family!
I hold you deep in my heart and pray that Jesus will take your pain to his Father as ask for healing. When I go through trying times or when I think I just can't take one more thing - I pray: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" He will never leave you or forsake you!! We are only passing through this world. This is not even close to comparing what HEAVEN is like. But stand firm in GRACE. Knowing that through this tribulation, God is molding you. He is preparing you to lead others to him through your faith in him. Give it up to him. Remember the prayer of the Footprints? When you don't see two sets, that's when he carries you!! AND remember. He's in a much better place and that you will be with him again. You haven't lost him. He's all around you. Smiles that come from strangers walking on the street. The child that says your pretty. A friend that sends cards or just spends time with you. God put you two together for a reason and it may not be clear now. But one day the light will come on and you'll understand why you had to experience this hurt. I ask God to heal your pain and let you know that he is right beside you and to give it up means to lean on Him!! God loves you and obviously so many others do too!!


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