Busy days we’ve had here lately, with many ups and downs. Grief is like riding the ocean waves, sometimes its calm and peaceful and then without warning a storm is upon you and all you can do is hold on to God for dear life. And He is faithful to stay close by through every up and down.
I found out that Corrie Ten Boom is on Facebook…who knew! 🙂 She was born April 15, 1892. From her FB page: “Cornelia ten Boom was a Dutch Christian, who with her father and other family members helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.” The book, The Hiding Place, tells the story of her life during WWII as she and her family hid many Jews from the Nazis and eventually her whole family was arrested and sent to a concentration camp. This quote was posted on her FB page today:
Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. “No, Corrie,” said Betsie, “He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.” Corrie concludes, “There is an ocean of God’s love available – there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love – whatever the circumstances.”
Here is a woman who lived through some of the darkest times in the history of mankind. She experienced unspeakable horrors committed by one human upon another. She knew and experienced that GOD IS GOOD in every circumstance of her life. That ocean of God’s love is what kept her afloat both during her years in the camp and for the rest of her life. I take great encouragement from her example. The suffering I have experienced is so little compared to what she experienced. And yet we both know the same God who is steadfast in His love toward us. Thank you, God, for Corrie Ten Boom. Thank you for her faithfulness to You and for her willingness to suffer for Your sake and for those who were unjustly persecuted.
I’ll leave you with some pictures of these past days…the days where we’ve seen clearly the steadfast love of the Lord.
This is an annual event hosted by the cardiology group that cared for Naomi. Heart patients and their families enjoy a fun afternoon picnic. It was bittersweet to be there without Naomi, but we also got to catch up with some families we met while at the Ronald MacDonald House and it was so great to see their little ones doing so well. Plus the boys had a ton of fun! And we loved seeing so many of the nurses and doctors who also became like family to us this summer. The boys got to each have a special shirt, intended for the child who was the heart patient. The shirts say “25 Years of Giving HOPE”.
Thank you, God, for my children and for how they lead me closer to You.