Well, How Are You Doing Pastor?
The above question is one I receive fairly often these days and to be honest it is a difficult question to answer. I know what folks want me to say and how most people want me to be, but to be honest, some days I am just not very good.
I would like to provide an update on what is happening in the lives of my grandsons and son-in-law as of late, as we all continue to figure out how to live without Lauren. My son-in-law, Nate, is still a few years away from being able to retire from his commitment as a Special Forces Green Beret in the US. Army. As such, Nate’s mom has retired a bit early and is moving out to Colorado Springs to assist with the raising of the boys. As I write this month’s article, the grandsons, Lukas and Odin, are on their way back to Colorado with Grandma Elizabeth. They have been on the East Coast with her this past week while Nate is on a short vacation in the Florida Keys. It is good that she is able to retire a bit ahead of schedule to be with Nate and the boys. I am thankful for such. At the same time, I long to be with the boys and Nate to do my part in assisting with their care. Although I can’t do as much as Nate’s mom at this point, I plan to do all I can.
So then, “How am I?” I know I am a loved child of God and that carries me through. I am also a human being and one who hurts deeply. My grief comes on like the waves. They are always there lapping against the shore. Yet at times the waves are so large that I fear I will be overtaken by the depth of it all. It all comes crashing in.
So, thanks for asking, and thanks for asking Yvonne, too, as she mourns the loss of her dear sister, Carol. Although our house is filled with waves of emotions these days, we are grateful for the prayers, love and support you have shown us. It helps carry us through.
Remember God loves you, and so do I! ~Pastor Ken Gibson
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