Quotes from Etty…

Etty Hissesum

In a morning study I came across two quotes that jarred me. They have not left me but have stirred me up viewing my own spirituality as pitifully frail. So I invite you to grab a “cuppa” of choice and take a minute for yourself and read these quotes from “Etty”…

Esther ‘Etty’ Hillesum was a young Jewish woman whose letters and diaries, kept between 1941 and 1943 describe life in Amsterdam during the German occupation. They were published posthumously in 1981, before being translated into English in 1983.

“It is now half-past seven in the morning. I have clipped my toenails, drunk a mug of genuine Van Houten’s cocoa and had some bread and honey, all with what you might call abandon. I opened the Bible at random but it gave me no answers this morning. Just as well, because there were no questions, just enormous faith and gratitude that life should be so beautiful, and that makes this an historic moment, that and not the fact that S. and I are on our way to the Gestapo this morning.”

And another…

“I find life beautiful and I feel free. The sky within me is as wide as the one stretching above my head. I believe in God and I believe in man and I say so without embarrassment. Life is hard but that is not bad thing. If one starts by taking one’s own importance seriously, the rest follows. It is not morbid individualism to work on oneself. True peace will come only when every individual finds peace within himself, when we have all vanquished and transformed our hatred for our fellow human beings of whatever race–even into love one day, although perhaps that is asking too much. It is , however, the only solution. I am a happy person and I hold life dear indeed, in this year of Our Lord, 1942 the umpteenth year of the war.”

Etty could not stop the Nazis regime, but she made faith-filled and powerful choices in the face of powerlessness. Therefore, she had the victory due to her trust in God. She also died–BUT her words and insights prevail!!!

Go beyond this post and search her words out…

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