Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Mother's Milk

Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke

As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

Many times in life we face hardships, I am moved to share the story of a German woman in the 19th century, who married for a few years, lost funds, her home and buildings were burned to the ground, and her husband in the military was often away.
She had recently given birth to her own son............

At that time Frau von Moltke had the strength of mind and body to nurse the child of her bailiff as well as her own for three months, the infant's mother having fallen sick with alarm at the fire, soon after its birth.

Moltke, Helmuth, Graf von, 1800-1891. Letters of Field-Marshal Count Helmuth von Moltke 

 For most of you, you will not recognize the name Moltke, of the mother of 8 children, who sacrificed everything for their education, but in the era when America was building herself, and the history only proclaims the British Empire, there were two Germans in this world who would arise, in Otto von Bismark, the greatest diplomat in the world, and Helmuth von Moltke, Field Marshall of Germany in the greatest commander in the world.

Whenever you think of hardships, know they are rewarded in the mother of the greatest of Generals, once had to use her mother's milk to not only feed her child, but the child of a neighbor, in order to save her family.

This is a quote from Frau Moltke to her son Adolf:

January 14th, 1830 : " May you ever more and more acknowledge the hand of God, even if He lay it on you in trial. A pure faith and firm confidence give courage and strength in every situation in life.

What if we lack honors and temporal blessings?
They are all perishable, and there is no permanent good but the consciousness of duty fulfilled. This may God grant you! "

Amen and Amen to all God's children.