Friday, January 24, 2014


I’ve read that she sang Gershwin songs for American officers, after the war. “Yes,” she says, “and I stole everything possible to eat. Because, you know, after the war, we had nothing to eat. We had nothing. One egg a year. Can you imagine, one egg a year? And we could have 68 grams of butter a month.” (About two and a half ounces.) 
“I went into the officers clubs, and they had everything. They would make a big loaf of bread or something, and whatever was not eaten, they threw away. And we had not the right to take it. Ja. It was not fraternité, not at all. Whatever I could steal, I did. 
“Once, there was a brown paste. It was something to eat, so I took it.” It turned out to be peanut butter. “We had never heard of it.” I ask, “Do you like peanut butter?” “I don’t eat it, but yes: I like peanut butter with crunches in it. Fattening, though.” 
I say, “After the war [with all the privations she has described], the rest of your life must have seemed easy. The hard part was at the beginning; all the rest was easier.” 
“I didn’t feel it so,” she responds. “No, when you have nothing, you have your will. All you can think about is overcoming. Overcoming obstacles. You just go forward. You don’t think, you just do it. You have no choice. Then, afterward, you have choices — and that is difficult.”

1 comment:

  1. Here's a link to a collection of testimonies of God answering prayers for material provision:

    Some of these testimonies seem to be taken from works that have been collected in the Holiness Data Ministry CD

    Some of these same resources can be accessed in the following links:

    I don't post the link claiming that God will always make earthly provision in this world for believers. Clearly (in the providence of God, and by God's will of decree) some genuine believers in the true (i.e. Biblical) God do sometimes starve or thirst to death. Or die due to exposure to the elements. Or live lives of destitution (cf. Heb. 11:37).

    Yet the Bible clearly teaches that God's general will (all things being equal) is to provide for believers' needs. So, I think we should have hope that God can and usually will provide since there are many such promises in the Bible both in the OT and NT.

    Representative NT passages:
    Matt. 6:25-26, 31-33; Luke 11:5-13; 12:30-31; Phil. 4:19; 2 Cor. 9:8-11; Heb. 13:5-6

    Representative OT passages:
    Exo. 23:25-26; Deut. 8:18; Ps. 23:1; 34:9-10; 37:25; 84:11

    My views on healing are analogously similar.