Southern Grits & Germany


 At times it is difficult to count blessings and serve others, especially when they are not your friend. Can you forgive someone who has wronged you or your family? Can you love an enemy?  I have an experience to share that will encourage gratitude and extending a helping hand. 

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  1. Carrie, this post was so personally touching. My AP German teacher was a little girl in West Berlin at the end of the war. She told us stories of searching through dumpsters and fighting off the rats to get what food she could find for her and her siblings. Her family was divided by the wall, and she didn’t get to see her father and brother, until it fell in the 90’s. Thank you for this post and the reminder to help those we can, when we can.

  2. Beautiful story Carrie and love your thoughts at the end. On a side note, I am definitely a city girl through and through, because I have never had grits ever. My only experience with them is what I heard in the movie My Cousin Vinny. Crazy but true.

  3. Carrie,

    I truly love grits and have never heard this story. Hopefully, people will take time to ask search their hearts and ask for forgiveness.

    Thanks for the beautiful story.
    Diane Roark

  4. I have never really cared for grits, but I also never thought of what a potential life saver it had been. I know that Crisco was also another item that was literally a life saver during the war and depression era. That stuff can be used for EVERYTHING! Thanks for sharing this on #yuckstopshere link up. WWII has a lot of history for my family as my grandfather came to the country after being brought home by a US soldier as a child.

  5. Thank you, Carrie, for sharing this story. I have never heard this, and it really gives me reason to stop and think. We are so very blessed and often forget the tremendous sacrifices that have been made to have the blessings we take for granted. I think I’ll cook up a bit pot of grits for breakfast today and share your story with my children. Thank you for sharing it at Wake Up Wednesday!

  6. Ok that is an amazing story I did not know of Grits. As a girl in the south I grew up & still do love grits! Thank you for sharing that story with us. I am so happy to of found you today at craft crazy’s link up! I would love to share this story if your ever interested at my blog and link it back to you!! Let me know!

  7. Hello cute lady! I love it. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn’t be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. What an awesome story! Now whenever I eat grits I’ll think of God’s forgiveness, and how I should forgive others as well. Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a fantastic story, Carrie. I hadn’t heard of it before. It reminds me of my great-grandpa, Ezra Taft Benson. He was assigned to go to Europe right after the war to care for the Saints there and deliver much-needed supplies. His journey there is documented in a book his secretary wrote, On Wings of Faith by Frederick Babbel. It’s amazing the doors that were opened and ways paved so suffering could be alleviated. This is especially timely considering what happened in France this weekend. I love the way you reblog your posts!

  10. Wow, Carrie, I had never heard this story before. How wonderful that the American s reached out in love to the suffering German people.
    It makes me wonder about myself. Would I be willing to send food to the Muslims?
    God, make me willing to forgive my enemies.

    • Melinda, I am the same, I too hope I would be able to reach out and follow their example with all that is going on in the world right now. Who knows what our challenges will be? I too pray that I will have charity to forgive, as as freedoms and liberties are protected. I appreciate you stopping by.

  11. Amazing grace. So wonderful when people look past the surface and recognize the needs of others – even those whose nation was causing such great pain and loss. Grits! Who would’ve thought?

  12. Carrie,

    I love my grits!! I had no idea they made such a difference in World War II. I love reading this story. I pray many people will find it and it will touch their hearts.

  13. With the war of do we or do we not let Syrian immigrants into the U.S., we all face this right now.
    On the one hand, it is heartbreaking to know that babies and little children will suffer….on the other hand, if we don’t start standing up for the good of the United States, we just may lose it all.
    Here from Cozy House…O, and Mr. Sweet loves grits. :)

    • I agree, it is a quandary and frustrating situation we are facing in our world today isn’t it? I pray, as I’m sure you do, for all those suffering all across the world and we can’t help most, it’s so tragic. I guess we just face each situation as it comes and look to God and our own heart to do as we feel best as the time comes to act. As for the World War II circumstance, as difficult as it was, to send the supplies over seas and not have to deal with it on home territory. Thank you so much for coming by, I really do appreciate your insight and that you too love grits:)

  14. Oh my goodness this was just so very beautiful and a true keeper, i never knew about grits until we moved to Ga. 40 years ago and i surely did not know about this wonderful story. Thank you so much Carrie and i will indeed pass it on. God is so good and i thank him every day , bless you and always enjoy your site.Love and prayers for a glorious Thanksgiving …

    • Mary, you made my day! I’m so glad you enjoyed this account from so long ago, yet it is timeless and a lesson for us even today. I can’t thank you enough for your very sweet comment and I’m so glad you enjoy AMS. I truly hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving also.