Strong Trees - For the Boehm Family
Falling to Grace - For Lou Boehm
Rumbling aloft over
On April 11, 1944 Barbara Boehm learned her son, Louis M. Boehm had been declared missing in action since the failed bombing over
While Louis’ family waited for words regarding their son, Louis focused on survival in a German prisoner of war camp south of
In the midst of uncertainty, Louis found peace. He slept a lot. He worshipped the Lord on Sunday during services held by a captive British chaplain. He read the Bible through twice.
At the end of the war, Louis returned to his home town, and wife. He applied to become a pastor, but the church sponsoring his studies was unable to support him. Rather than turn away from his original promise made to God in the skies above war torn
As I watched my father-in-law Lou pulling clovers from his impeccably manicured flower garden, tears welled in my eyes. I thought of the times of discomfort in my life when I “promised” myself to God, and then forgot when my life returned to normal. Lou never forgot, and neither did God. The evidence of God’s blessings for a life of service surrounded me like sunlight on a summer day. As I looked past the comfortable house, the giggling grandkids rolling on his lawn, and the successful careers, I saw the true heart of the man before me. His life was not represented in the yellowed