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