Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A crucial message from the past...
Deet and her fiancé lived in Holland before World War two started. They watched Hitler rise to power; they saw Jewish neighbors lose their property only because they had been born Jewish. They became involved with the resistance, and helped rescue many Jews. She lived in fear, but continued to do what she was convinced was right. “Do unto other as you would have them do unto you” and love of Jesus motivated her. Shortly before the war ended, her fiancé was killed by the Nazis. She lived in the world at its darkest; she chose to “love her neighbor” despite the risk to her own life.
Deet turned 91 years old today. She spoke at the conference I attended this week (Acton University). She spoke of how she “played dumb” with the Gestapo to protect her friends. She spoke of how hard it was to forgive the Nazis after the war. She spoke of the life she lived in order to avoid capture. In the Q & A time that followed, I asked her, based on her experience, “what message should I pass on to my grand children”?
Her answer was the epitome of simplicity: Know God’s Word; Love Jesus; Live God’s Word.
It worked in the darkest of times. What better advice for any time, any place?