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Dawn Ras writes (translated): “Our children and grandchildren visited us on the farm over the weekend. We enjoyed the time together. Sunday evening we were on our own again. We shared in worship, and as always asked the Lord to protect us during the night. The next morning all our dogs lay dead on the lawn and our house had been burgled. The detectives, police and dog unit arrived. We watched the terrifying video. For about four hours they had been struggling to enter Gerhard’s and my bedroom. We see four people moving with torches, each with a revolver in one hand and a panga in the other. Fitted with balaclavas and gloves they try to open the safety gates but fail. At the front of the house they break a window’s latch, climb through the window and move silently to our bedroom door, listen and inspect everything, open the wooden door, but are stopped by another safety gate. They turn around and move out of the house. So Gerhard and I were safely in the hands of our Lord, totally unaware that death had threatened. We can only thank our heavenly Father for his protection. All praise and glory are due to our Lord. I feel so sorry for the elderly and families who have had the same experience and with loss of life on top of it. The trauma anyone suffers in this way is not easily dealt with.”

            What happened to Dawn and her family is extremely bad. But still something lovely occurred. Dawn writes further: “When our grandchildren heard what had happened, they formed a circle and prayed to our heavenly Father. Little Rynhardt  said: ‘You know Ouma, at each safety gate the thieves made a different plan, but when they got to Ouma’s room, they couldn’t get through dear Jesus’ hand.”

            How does it happen that grandchildren can thus speak of the protection by the Lord? In this case one can probably trace it back to their grandparents, to a grandfather and grandmother who were in the habit of sharing in family worship, to read from the Bible, pray together and ask the Lord to protect them. That is how Gerhard and Dawn taught their children, and they in turn taught their children. Then it happens one day that they not only share in family devotions, but also share in the support of one another by holding hands in prayer through faith in the living God. They support one another and so experience unity in thanksgiving to the Lord.

            It is especially during such instances that parents are thankful and glad that their children and grandchildren also know the Lord. It is wonderful if your children and grandchildren form a circle during such times, to support and carry you with their help and prayers. How touching is it to hear the testimony of a grandchild, five years old, who knows that his grandfather and grandmother are in the Lord’s hands, and who says: “When they got to Ouma’s room, they couldn’t get through dear Jesus’ hand.”

            The Lord knows what is good for us:

The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You are to love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  Let these words that I’m commanding you today be always on your heart. Teach them repeatedly to your children. Talk about them while sitting in your house or walking on the road, and as you lie down or get up” (Deut. 6:4 – 7).

Thank you, Lord, for parents who teach their children about You, children who know that they are in your care whatever happens. Amen.

 “They couldn’t get through Dear Jesus’ hand”

 “They couldn’t get through Dear Jesus’ hand”