Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful

Chase is back from Michigan.


Sean is back from deployment.


Reunited,  when so many are not.


All is as it should be.

Our cherished relatives have arrived.

Our wonderful nephew is here...

...with his beautiful family, and his parents, Don and Viv. (sorry, not pictured)


We also have the joy and honor of sharing the next few days with our dear daughter-in-love, Rachel, and her sweet Mama Layne.


Later today, a bunch of beloved friends will be arriving to share dinner with us.
We are all bound together by love and loyalty, faith and hope.



Crystal with her nephew, George, who is in Heaven with Joey. Our friend on the road of grief and joy.
For this comfort and these blessings, I give thanks.

God has been good to us. We are eating an enormous meal today, and know that's a privilege. We have enough to share with others, and know that's a responsibility. God has been compassionate toward us, and met every need.



His mercies have been new every morning of our past three years. We have cherished family, and new friends who have shared their love and lives with us.

We have new eyes and new dreams, and can see things we never noticed before. Our hearts have been tenderized. We have hope for the future, a different but better hope.  We know where our true home is--where our heart's desires will be found.

We know that life is brief, that we can bear sorrow and endure difficulty, and that is not the end of the story. We know there is a new world coming with no more tears.
I hope you all are comforted and encouraged by the goodness of God today.

Psalm 107:1 says, "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."

7 comments:

Robin said...

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend!

mara said...

Recently I was looking at your guys picture and feld overwhelmingly thankful for you Karen and Joe.
You show us His love, you pull us in, you love us when we were strangers...
Thanks to you I know how to love my wife, even in times when it was not easy and how to be a better father to Te'a.
Joe you show me how to worship our Lord with the whole hearth!
Thanks to you I have a family, faith in Jesus and purpose in my life.
Thank you
Marek

karen gerstenberger said...

I love you and your perspective, precious Karen! God bless you and your family, here and in heaven.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing to stumble onto your blog after such a long absence. I found a great feeling of joy reading what I have missed. xoxoSharon

Mark Kreib said...

Oh do let us give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth forever...my grandfather's blessing at every meal, every family gathering, every Thanksgiving...Blessings to you this Thanksgiving and every day.
Peace

Anonymous said...

I miss you. xoxoxox Sharon

Anonymous said...

It was a blessed time. We were so glad that we could join you all once again at Thanksgiving. The house was full of family and friends and our Joey was missed very much. We love you guys. av