The 18th of November, 1943 was one of those rare instances when my grandfather didn’t write a letter, so I thought I’d share something we found while sorting through the mountains of history that he and my grandmother left behind. It was a War Ration book from my great-grandmother and great-grandfather. There were three booklets and they were over half-full of stamps still unused. It was as if they had gone from full-blown war – to unfettered abundance overnight. Years of shortage and terror were coming to an end and hope was on the horizon.
I thought this exemplified much of what my grandfather said a his message that he often repeated in later years. His message was that the difficult times we live through now will pass, and when they do we might just be able to look back and realize that these days weren’t meant for us at all, but to make us a comfort to others and be God’s hands to them.
Here are his words which were a paraphrase of Oswald Chambers:
If you are going to be used by God, He will take you thru a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all; they are meant to make you useful in His hands and to enable you to understand what happens in other souls so you will never be surprised at what you come across.
These difficult times will pass. The times for rationing are temporary and build us into the people God wants us to be.
November 18, 2017