In keeping with my focus for 2014, here is a brand new series which will (hopefully) continue throughout this year, as I read more biographies and get to better know God’s people.
Corrie ten Boom wasn’t Jewish, but she stood up for those who were. She not only lent a helping hand, she almost gave her life, in exchange for serving the persecuted.
She was the living embodiment of Matthew 25:34-36.
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Yes, she welcomed strangers into her home. She gave food and drink, clothing and housing, to those whom nobody else would shelter. She allowed her home, her plans, and her very life to be “interrupted” for the sake of sheltering God’s people from the Nazis.
The Hiding Place tells the story of Corrie ten Boom and her family, their ministry to a persecuted people, and their struggles to survive the atrocities of World War II.
Being a wordsmith, I can appreciate the play on words that the title incorporates. Corrie’s family allowed their home to be transformed into a hiding place for unwanted Jews — those who others were afraid to harbor, due to unique physical challenges or special political circumstances. But in the midst of it all, they were betrayed. One by one, they were shipped off to prisons or concentration camps, where all but Corrie would eventually end up giving their lives.
Yet Corrie herself discovered another hiding place — the everlasting refuge of God Himself. Despite the atrocities, the hatred they endured, the physical anguish and grief, she discovered contentment in the arms of her Savior.
She eventually was able to forgive even the man who had betrayed them — the man whose Nazi allegiance would steal her family and the next year of her life — and spent many years after the war sending letters and proclaiming the message of God’s loving forgiveness to all who would listen, especially to those who had affected her life personally.
The Hiding Place reads like fiction, but be assured that it is indeed a very true story. This book offers a great introduction to one of the heroes of our faith — though Corrie would likely deny that title — and paints a clear picture of the overwhelming message of her life:
Jesus is the Victor!
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
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