Monday, November 13, 2006

Good Bye Oma, I Love You

This afternoon the Lord took my Oma, Johanna Boerma, home. Oma was one of the most courageous women I have ever known. Living as a Jew in Holland during the Nazi Occupation she had many experiences which she rarely spoke of.

A few years ago, while I was living with Oma, I read the story of Corrie Ten Boom. After I finished reading the book, I spent an entire day with Oma just listening to her tell me the stories of her own experience during the war. She told me stories ranging from her sister hiding out in a quaranteened hospital to herself stealing bread to eat and jumping over walls to run away from the Nazis.

That same day that Oma told me the stories, I was able to ask her about the day she became a Christian. She told me of her sitting in church, hearing the message of salvation, and then later that week asking Christ to be her Lord.

I wish I would have had a recorder to record the stories she told me that day so I could pass them on to my children. But then I also wish that my children could have known their great-grandmother. I praise the Lord that someday I will see Oma again in Heaven, and I pray that my children will someday know her there also.

Oma's obituary can be read at this site


carissa said...

tracy, I'm so sorry about your grandma. I know you loved her so much.She sure was a beautiful woman. We'll be praying for you today at Bible Study. Will you be up for her funeral soon? Love ya.

Anonymous said...

(Psalms 116:15) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. My mom like many other moms was special. Like other moms she was loved greatly by her family and friends. My mom will be greatly missed. Tracy, thank you fo the great post about her. My dad and brothers and sister do not believe in funerals. Please pray for them.

samantha said...

So sorry to hear about your grandmother--but rejoicing because she is with the Lord!

Tata said...

Tracy, What a lovely tribute to your grandmother. Please tell your dad that I am praying for him and his family. There is great joy in heaven over the salvation of a lost sinner. Nothing would make Oma more happy than to rejoice with God over the salvation of Opa. Will be praying for the salvation of the lost family members.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss, but so happy that your Oma is now in Heaven!! It's so special that you were able to get those pictures of her with your girls this summer. I'm sure you will always treasure them! Praying for your family . . .