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Hello my faithful readers…hi, mom
If I told you that we are blessed, would you believe me? If I told you there are things to give praise for, would you think me crazy?
Well, I am going to tell you right now, we are blessed beyond what we think.
And to show you how blessed we are, I’m going to tell you about a girl named Clara Kramer, who would have gladly given anything to have what we have right now.
Clara was a Jew living in a small town in Ukraine during World War II. When the war came to their town, Clara and her family had two options; be relocated, either willingly or unwillingly, to the ghettos and face the horrible treatment being brought on by the Germans, or go into hiding.
But to hide meant finding a place to hide and if found, they would face certain death.
They decided to hide. They would hide in a place no one would guess to look, under the house of the Melman’s.
The Melman family were longtime friends of Clara and her family, and they too were Jews.
Together, the Kramer’s and Melman’s, would dig an underground bunker under the Melman’s house.
It is no bigger than a horse stall and crawling was the only way to maneuver in the bunker.
With Jews being stripped of all their possessions and properties, German friends called the Becks, bought the Melman’s house, so the Kramer’s and Melman’s could hide.
In total, 18 people were living in the bunker. For 20 months the families hid underground. In those months, Clara kept a diary detailing their life in the bunker. She talks of never being able to go outside, freezing in the winter, baking in the summer, rarely having fresh food and water, using a bucket for their bathroom, and living on potato soup, peelings and all.
When the war was over, some of them could barely walk, and it was the first time in 20 months they saw the light of day.
I have read Clara’s book twice, it’s an amazing story of survival.
That is why I say we are blessed.
We complain things are closed, that we are “forced” to stay home, but do we have it that bad?
We have fresh food and water, we can go outside, we can call our friends and family on the phone and Skype. We are blessed.
My devotions this morning was on Praise Prayer, not asking for anything, just praising.
If you have something to give praise for, give praise.
I am blessed. I have a home, my parents, food, friends who I chat with daily, entertainment, and a loving God who is holding my hand.
We have a lot in a restricted world, be thankful for what we have. For it is a lot compared to others.
Right now, it feels like this will never end, it’s a bad dream no one can wake up from, but it will get better, we just have to take it one day at a time.
I often say in my blog posts, and it’s my motto…
And I didn’t do that, I took some things for granted that I thought would always be there. Like church; since the day I was born I have gone to church, my Dad was a Pastor and church has been a part of our lives for years and years, and in a second, it’s taken away.
I never would have thought that we couldn’t go to church, and now I miss it more than anything.
When this is over, or partly over, and things start going back to normal, I think we all will be a bit more thankful for what we have.
But for now, we have to take one day at a time and stay strong.
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