Saturday, July 28, 2012

This past Tuesday precious friends of ours had their lives change for ever. Their home exploded from what is expected a propane leak. The Johnson's have 5 children. Katie who will be 19 tomorrow, Hannah and Nathan who are twin 16 yr olds, 14 year old Sarah, and 10 year old Sam. Judy and Jody (mom and dad) are Christ-loving, hard working, amazing people. Jody retired from the Army after serving 22 years in the service and Judy is a veteran herself and now a Hospice nurse. Jody works for his childhood friend in construction. Hannah and Sam were not home the morning of the explosion. Judy has 3 broken ribs and 4 broken vertabrae's and was released from the hospital today. Jody and Nathan both were bruised, but otherwise amazing ok and were released yesterday. Katie suffered burns to 40% of her body, she had a skin graft on her foot and hand yesterday and although her face suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns, they  believe yesterday was the only time Katie will need surgery, nothing but the Lord right there. Sarah, sweet, sweet Sarah. She's with Jesus. She did not survive the explosion. Once Katie is out of the hospital, which will be a few weeks most likely, they'll have her funeral. This family is one of the most giving families you could ever meet. My heart is heavy for them, yet I have hope because the Lord is doing amazing things in the small town of Wilson, New York. He's bringing people to the Lord, he's showing this amazing family how loved they are. They literally have just had visitors one after another while in the hospital.

I don't know why the Lord allows the things he does. I can tell you though his glory will shine. There WILL BE Beauty from the ashes.
Please be in prayer for this family, as they deep for their precious Sarah and as they heal.


Cheryl said...

What a beautiful post about a horrible tragedy. I love when you said "There WILL BE beauty from the ashes".

I have lost a child in an accident and have seen many blessings come from such a deep trial. I pray the same for them as they grieve their sweet, sweet Sarah.

With love and Hope,

Linda said...

A house in our town blew up one time from a gas leak...but everyone was out of the house when it happened.

This is so very sad that most of them were home. I am so sorry for the loss of their daughter Sarah. I know they will miss her terribly. My heart aches for them. We lost a 6 year old granddaughter, so I can sympathize. We also have lost two baby grandsons a few years apart.

I am sorry for the injuries and so sorry for the pain they will endure in the weeks, months and years ahead.

I am so glad they have Jesus. He is the only way we have survived the loss of three of our grandchildren. The daughter who lost them has written two books to help others going through such losses.

The first book by Lynnette Kraft:
"In Faithfulness He Afflicted Me"

(A story of hope, and of the faithfulness of God)

The second book:
"He Heard Hannah" by Lynnette Kraft and Courtney Becker

(The story of how the 911 dispatcher came to Christ because of the call he took the morning our granddaughter died.)

Both are available on

I just thought you might want to share this hope with your friends...or anyone going through loss.

In His Love,

Kathi McClenney said...

Praying that the peace that passes understanding will surround all of them in the difficult days ahead, and that their memories will bring them comfort and healing.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a tough situation! Thankful that have God to give them hope. Good job on a very sensitive topic.