For seven years of my life I was honored to be an English tutor for the sixth grade students at Furnace Brook Middle School here in Marshfield. We read so many wonderful books written with great historical significance. One such book was titled, “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowery. In 1943, Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen are ten years old, growing up in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nazi Germany had occupied their country for 3 years. This is a story about Ellen Rosen and her family who escaped Copenhagen with the help of Annemarie Johansen’s family. It was a very dangerous time for both families, so much so, that at 10 years old, Annemarie only saw the world as a dark, cruel and cold place to live. It wasn’t until her brother Peter read from the Bible; Psalm 147, praying with those who were in his charge during the climax of the story, to calm the fears of those who were in danger with him.
“Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted;
He heals the broken hearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.”
This psalm reminds us that God is good all the time and that we are never alone in our suffering because God is always with us. This is comforting for each one of us who like Annemarie have had times in our lives where things might look hopeless. We need only to look at the heavens and gaze upon all the stars in the sky and realize that God knows each of us by name, and like the stars, has drawn us all to himself with his wisdom, power, and glory.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The Lord sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.”