Today is Thursday, July 28th, 2022; Karen's Korner #4714

It was 23 years ago today that Merry was killed in a car/semi accident.

I am going to share several things with you. Some, maybe all of them, you may have read or heard before.

I can remember walking through the kitchen of our farm home a number of days after Merry's death, saying idly to God, "This hurts so much it would be better if Merry had never been born."

That thought lasted maybe a second or two because I knew what a lie it was. "And miss 26 years of Merry!" Her life was, and is, something to celebrate!

Merry was a 'pedal to the metal', fast forward gal. Always knew how to have a good time. And had a way of figuring things out.

Here is one:

Merry applied and was interviewed to be on the state 4-H council.

When she got home from the interviews, I asked her it went.

"Good" was her one word response.

"What were some of your questions?" I asked.

One I recall, "If you could be anyone in the world, who would you choose to be?'

She answered, "George H.W. Bush (president at the time)."

"You would like to be president?" I asked.

"No, I'd rather be Garth Brooks. But I knew they wouldn't like that answer."  Music was Merry's 'thing'.

She was sixteen and already know 'how to play the game'.

Merry served a term on Iowa's state 4-H council!

"This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it."

~ Psalm 118:24 LAB

Bible Commentary:  "There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation out of hand, our sorrow or guilt overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists got, they were always honest with God about how they felt. And as they talked to God, their prayers ended in praise. When we don't feel like rejoicing, we are to tell God how we truly feel. We will find that God will give us a reason to rejoice."