Thursday, October 22, 2015

A New Chapter

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Rachel and me on her wedding day. 

We love this beautiful young woman who Joey loved.
 We have shed many tears together after Joey's passing. 
She has traveled numerous times cross-country to be with us for painful holidays and anniversary days in the past seven years. 
She has loved each and all of us with tenderness. 
We fittingly call her our daughter-in-love. 

In September, she married a wonderful man.
He has tremendous character and strength.It's pretty hard not to have complete respect for the man who loved and courted this grieving young woman with so much compassion and sensitivity.

We are thankful for him, for her, for the joy of this day,
and for the future that's unfolding before her. 

Though a day like this can't help but be bittersweet, we also can't resist rejoicing with her.
She is the most beautiful soul and she deserves every happiness that life and love can bring. 
And new beginnings. 

So a new chapter begins with a most radiant bride walking down a grassy green aisle in sunny Southern California and we are thankful to witness it. 
And to know that this young woman's heart could be put back together again after a shattering loss. 
And that God's mercies never cease. 

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

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