Since the whole world seems to have leaped into the blogging fray, I’ve decided it’s time for me to take the plunge too! My goal is two-fold. First, I hope to connect with you, my Comfort Café readers, on a more personal basis. Secondly, I love getting together with friends to talk about life and faith.
I imagine meeting you at a coffee shop, we order our lattes (decaf-sugar-free-hazelnut-extra-foam for me, please) and settle into comfy chairs to chat.
Since you’re a new friend, we share a little about ourselves. Everyone has a story, don’t they. I’m always amazed what people tell me about their lives.
This is a photo of my whole family with the new addition of a delightful daughter-in-law and one of me and my hubby. I don’t have any pictures of grandchildren to show you (do I hear a sigh of relief?), but I do have one of my cat! My husband is a devoted cat person and I like them too. But I swear, his life revolves around the animal. So with our two boys grown and gone now, she’s our baby.
As far as my background, I am blessed with a strong Christian heritage. My mother was a teenager in Germany during World War II, and her life is a testimony of God’s protective grace and faithful leading. She has some amazing stories. One incident in particular stands out:
When the Russians occupied Germany after the war was over, they plundered, looted and raped the women. My teenage mother spent her nights hiding in barns or a neighbor’s secret room. One day walking home from an errand, she heard the approach of a horse-drawn carriage. On all sides she was surrounded by wide-open fields. With no place to hide she was caught. “Lord,” she screamed inwardly, “help me!”
She hoped the carriage would just pass by. But no, it stopped. The door opened. Russian officers! Her heart raced in terror. They gestured her to climb in. Trembling, she obeyed. To her surprise they were polite and moved over to make room for her to sit.
“German girl, do not be afraid,” they said kindly. “We want only to get you home faster.” In every way they treated her like a lady and even offered her candy.
When they let her out at her doorstep she was full of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. He had sent the carriage to provide a safe way home.
Sometimes the Lord blesses us even through our enemies!