I love history, and historical drama is even better. The plot of the story Alone, Yet Not Alone has all the good points - faith, sacrifice, action, courage, loyalty, endurance and best of all the message that God is our strong tower in the day of trouble. Not to mention that the theme song is sung by Joni Eareckson Tada, one of my personal heroines.
Set in the 1700's against the backdrop of the French and Indian War in colonial Pennsylvania, this story (written by a descendant of the family who actually lived it) showcases God's strength and the validity of His promises in the lives of two young girls captured by the Delaware tribe. It is an amazing tale.
You and I may never face hostile warriors seeking revenge for their mistreatment at the hands of the settlers, but we will face other kinds of dangers. As our world increasingly turns against its biblical moorings, those of us who claim His name may stare into the realities of separation, imprisonment and even death. It could be just a matter of time, a mere change in the cultural breeze, a shrug in the shoulders of those who wield earthly power.
Yet, like the Leininger family, we are not alone if He is our Father. No matter the terrors or the silence or the desolation of our surroundings, He will not leave us alone. He has promised His presence to the end of the world - whatever that may be for us individually.
I do not like to dwell on themes of doom, but I can see the shift in the winds in our moral and political situation. And as I contemplate the uncertainty of the years to come for me and my children, I can give them what "Papa Leininger" gave his children - the message, the surety that God will always be with us and we can trust in His unfailing strength.
Alone, yet not alone, because He is always there.
"For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'" (Hebrews 13"5b)
" . . . lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b)
The Story of Alone, Yet Not Alone
Author (Tracy Leininger Craven) Interview with Dr. James Dobson