Hiding Place

         If you haven’t read Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, you have missed one of the Christian classics of all time. She and her family helped to hide Jews in their home during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Although their hiding place was never discovered, the family was betrayed on February 28, 1944, arrested, and sent to the prison camps. Only Corrie lived through the experience, but she did so with her faith in tact. According to www.corrietenboom.com/history:  

  • Corrie and Betsie (her sister) spent 10 months in three different prisons, the last was the infamous Ravensbruck Concentration Camp located nearBerlin,Germany. Life in the camp was almost unbearable, but Corrie and Betsie spent their time sharing Jesus’ love with their fellow prisoners. Many women became Christians in that terrible place because of Corrie and Betsie’s witness to them.

        Due to what was later found to be a clerical error, Corrie was released. The history goes on to note:

  • Four TenBooms gave their lives for this family’s commitment, but Corrie came home from the death camp. She realized her life was a gift from God, and she needed to share what she and Betsie had learned in Ravensbruck: “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still” and “God will give us the love to be able to forgive our enemies.” At age 53, Corrie began a world-wide ministry which took her into more than 60 countries. She died on her 91st birthday,April 15, 1983.

         Thankfully, at least inAmericafor now, we do not have hide from those who want to kill us because of our race or faith. However, racism and religious hatred exist and is outwardly demonstrated to the point of murder in other parts of the world. Like Corrie, though, we must remember that we always have a hiding place. Psalm 57:1 states, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (NKJ).

          Take refuge today in God, the best hiding place ever.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on June 17, 2012.

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