so the Lord is round about his people
It was an amazing get-away to the coast for the boys and us. The waves were mighty twenty-foot swells crashing down leaving a white spray along the coastline like low-lying fog. The beach we visited once before was not accessible due to the high tide and immense waves.
Our one son who joined us from his group home in Turlock is becoming a man and doing so well it is nothing short of a miracle of prayer. The next day, my man had a service in Ukiah for Teen Challenge. Our boys' Oma who lives in Ukiah was able to be there to hear the women's testimonies and my husband preach. It is amazing how the tears just leak out my eyes in those services as they did hers as well.
Gretal is our youngest's biological grandmother from Germany, a beautiful gracious and tiny lady. She came over in 1962 with her new G.I. husband who was a full-blood Maidu of the Round Valley Covelo Indian Reservation from the remote coastal range above Willets. All she could say in English was "I love you," and to count to 100. She did not even realize what an American Indian was when he left her there alone. It was a very difficult time in her life.
After we ate lunch, she invited us over to her lovely home and showed Hank pictures of his biological cousins and aunts with striking resemblances. Then she pulled out a very old photo album of her parents. Most of the pictures were of her father, a Nazi soldier in poses with his unit, some even with a German war blimp in the sky. Since our son is totally into military history, it was quite a shock to find out that his great-grandfather fought for Hitler. In fact, the man had been captured and became a prisoner of war for three years in England. It was the flip side version of our son's ideals of war. During those awful years when Gretal was a child, she and her mother hid underground in the mountains, I guess in caves, and went hungry.
So, I guess what I'm trying to think through in my mind is that regardless of world events, world powers, and differing political parties, there is only one power we should surrender to, Jesus Christ, and as the Scripture tells us, pray for the peace of Israel.