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  1. Jane Luger Jacobson
    April 6, 2020 @ 11:09 am

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful stories. Stay well. ❤️


    • Gerda Saunders
      April 7, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Jane. I hope you and yours, too, stay well and safe during these challenging times.


  2. shen
    April 6, 2020 @ 12:09 pm

    Gerda, it is a sweet sharing of sweet Ria indeed. She has had too much loss in her life, it hurts to think of. I’m really glad that amazing atheists are stepping up to nurture her at this lonely time. xoxoxo


    • Gerda Saunders
      April 7, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

      My dearest atheist who regularly nurtures me and my family and others I don’t even know of, thanks for your kind words. Miss you in this weirdest of times–but i know you’ll be there when it is all over! Love you.


  3. Reinette Terreblanche
    April 6, 2020 @ 1:28 pm

    I believe that God uses people as angels every day on our paths. Looking back. I can recall many such incidents. So wonderful that we live in a time of miricales To be able to have breath every day is a miricale in itself… and we take it for granted! Angels working to help us in this pandemic times!!! May our eyes be opened to “see” angels and see Gods miricales every day!


    • Gerda Saunders
      April 7, 2020 @ 3:22 pm

      So lovely to hear from you, Reinette. The world we live in and the people who cross our paths are indeed wonderful and fills me with awe–you’re right, we only have to have our eyes opened to see the wonder every day! Thanks for being in touch.


  4. Pam Linstrom
    April 7, 2020 @ 3:38 am

    Thank you Gerda for sharing Ria’s letter. I had read it previously but enjoyed the amazing news again, as well as your your introduction. I lean’t more about Ria. We have only now become friends as Cliff and my husband, Willem, were colleagues and Ria and I just met in passing. What a wonderful woman !


    • Gerda Saunders
      April 7, 2020 @ 3:24 pm

      How lovely to hear from you, Pam. So glad you also love the amazing Ria Saunders! So glad you and Willem are part of the people who surround Ria of love, as she continues to set an example for all of us to leave each day with grace and gratitude!


  5. Carole Segal
    April 12, 2020 @ 12:06 am

    Hullo there Gerda.
    How lovely to read what you have written about our darling Ria. As you know, Mike and I enjoyed a rare and fulfilling friendship with both Cliff and Ria for 50 plus years, and this telling of her experience in Eretz Yisroel is indicative of her faith and love for humanity.
    .We have been on the receiving end of this incredible love and kindness from them both so the appearances of the two angels does not surprise me, as her Maker would not leave her without Angels on her journey.
    May she continue to be the loving kind and caring human being she is, and that all who come in her path enjoy the friendship and love she offers.

    So very nice to read this telling again.
    Mike and I send love and wish you and Peter and your family good health, and to stay safe in this very surreal time. of our lives.
    Lots of love to you Carole and Mike Segal


    • Gerda Saunders
      June 11, 2020 @ 12:26 pm

      How lovely to hear from you, dearest Carol. I have always been so inspired by your and Ria’s (and Cliff’s, of course) friendship over the years. I have loved every time that I had a chance to be with you, whether at your or at Ria’s house or at family celebrations elsewhere. Thanks for your lovely response to Ria’s post–I was so happy to share her beautiful story. I send my love to you and Mike and your family–how lovely it would be to catch up over a cup of tea on your children’s adult lives and those of their children. The universe has been good to me and my family, and through Ria I have the impression god’s hand was over you and yours as well. May that continue to be so. Lots and lots of love from Peter and me.


  6. Elrine Greig
    August 3, 2021 @ 12:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing my beloved Ria’s story. Blessings for you and Peter.


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