How God Took Care of My Grandparents in the Depression
March 31, 2022 (first published April 1, 2020)
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My maternal grandmother, Julia Pollock, told me stories of how the Lord took care of them during the terrible economic depression of the 1930s when it was so difficult for my grandfather to get jobs. They had six children to feed, plus Monroe’s parents lived with them for some years.

One of Julia’s favorite verses was Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

In 2007, Mom told my sister and me one of the cases of God’s provision: “I remember one time when I was little and we didn’t have any food in the house. We kids said, ‘What are we going to eat, mom?’ She gathered us around and read Psalm 37:25. She said, ‘Don’t worry, God will provide for us.’ Soon after that a big land turtle walked across the road and she cooked it and fed us!”

One of my aunts told us about another occasion when there was no food in the house. After Julia prayed, a neighbor brought them two chickens and some vegetables and they had a feast.

One of my uncles told us that one morning Granddad went out to search for a job (he was a carpenter), and Julia went into her room and prayed earnestly and was impressed by the Lord that Monroe would soon be back. She went ahead and fixed him a lunch box, and sure enough, he soon came through the door and said, “Fix me a mouthful to eat, Julia, they want me on the job right now,” and she replied, “Monroe, I already have it packed” and handed him the lunch she had prepared by faith. My uncle observed: “That’s faith. She knew just as well as she knew her name that he was going to find work.”

Julia believed in and practiced prayer with fasting. She was the first person I ever remember telling me about spiritual fasting. She showed me the Lord’s words in Mark 9:29: “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting,” and His promise in Matthew 6:17-18, “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” She told me that she had proven this promise several times in her life and witnessed the power of God in answer.

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