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Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)
TITLE: The Courage of Love
By David&Dee Jobes
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praying for dear children.”
A shadowy figure approached her and to her surprise it was a young Austrian teenage boy. “Here Maria,this is from my Mom ;you will find all that you need in this basket; food, milk and passports for you and for your children.” Maria looked up to heaven and had tears in her eyes. “Thank You God for this food and for this miracle that You have sent our way.”
It was three years ago that Maria, her husband and their
young children were enjoying a relaxing day on their family farm; when the German soldiers came and tore apart their house and forcibly sent them to separate prison camps.Three long years!That is
how long Maria and her children were separated from her husband; and three long years that she endured the cruelty of the soldiers from day to day.
Maria gave the young teenage boy a big hug and said “God Bless you and your mother Sarah”. Maria with tears in her eyes and her heart filled with gratitude waved good bye to the young lad,as he secretly found his way out of
the concetration camp.
Morning arrived; and it was time for row call; and every political prisoner leaped out of their beds in fear of the guards; and quickly arrived at
the mess hall for their porridge and bread. Maria sat at a table with her children and placed little Mary on her lap. Then suddenly an up roar arose, as they were eating. Apparently,one of the women prisoners had stolen something from the kitchen and the guard was threatening to shoot her.She had taken some much needed milk for her baby. Maria knew this women;and she realized that this was her dear friend from her home town in Poland.Horrified,Maria closed her tear filled eyes and prayed, “Dear God; what can I do? They will shoot her!” After placing Mary carefully on the chair next to her ,she asked her oldest son, Adam, to watch Tony and his little sister. Maria arose with her body trembling ,as she went and stood in front of her dear friend; and started to sing the Our Father in her Polish language. Soon the whole room was filled with the echoing of that beautiful song from all the different languages of the prisoners; and then one of the German soldiers, who was standing next to the soldier with drawn out gun, started to sing "The Our Father" in His German tongue as well, with his eyes filled with tears, he lowered the other soldier’s gun.
That was the last time that Maria ever saw her dear friend and that camp; because she and her three children were safely and secretly escorted that night to freedom by that very same young soldier who sang "The Our Father"!
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