The "AWE" of God

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Recently I read the obituary of Pepi Deutsch, a Holocaust survivor, who died around the year 2000 at the age of 101. During the ‘40s, Pepi and her teenage daughter Clara managed to stay together through a Hungarian ghetto , deportation, Auschwitz-Birkenau and three detention camps. They suffered bone –breaking labor, the brutalities of the German soldiers, and near starvation-surviving at one point on a daily ration of three slices of bread and a soup of potato peels.  

By January 1945, Pepi also found a way to celebrate her daughters 17th birthday in the labor camp: She hoarded her three slices of bread , coated them with marmalade and created a birthday cake.”
(source of information was Donna Cornachio, “My Turn: What Do I get the Boy Who Has Everything ?” Newsweek, 10 April 2000,12)

When you bring out the pies and cakes this Thanksgiving , and thank God for all the things that money can buy, have on your table three slices of bread, marmalade, and a candle. Tell the story of Pepi at your table, and narrate the power of this symbol that the greatest things in life are those things that are intangible , that neither rust nor moth (Matthew 6:19) can corrupt, those things that money cannot buy.

Take some time this day in the midst of potentially all that might be going wrong or right and celebrate the “AWE” of God!  “ I give you thanks oh Lord with my whole heart….though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies ; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me, ….The Lord will fulfill Gods purpose for me …” (Psalm 138:1,7,8).

Pray for the capacity to spot a blessing from God today, document and share it with someone else.

May God bless your Thanksgiving preparations 365 days a year!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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