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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Hiding Place

"God does not have problems — only plans."
--Corrie ten Boom, Nazi Holocaust Survivor

I've read books about and by Corrie ten Boom. Her wisdom, much coming from personal experience, gives us many valuable quotations like the one above.

Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.

During World War II, the family was active in the Dutch underground hiding refugees; they honored the Jewish Sabbath. Thus the Ten Booms began the hiding place. Corrie and her sister Betsie opened their home to refugees — both Jews and others who were members of the resistance movement. They had plenty of room, although because of wartime shortages, food was scarce.
The upper, single window behind Corrie was her bedroom and became the hiding place.
In February, 1944, a Dutch informant told the Nazis about the Ten Booms' work; the Nazis arrested the entire Ten Boom family. Corrie and Betsie ultimately were located at a women’s labor camp in Germany. Betsie died in December, 1944 with a smile on her lips

Corrie ten Boom was released in December, 1944. In the movie The Hiding Place, she narrates that when she later learned her release had been a clerical error, she said: "God does not have problems — only plans."

The Jews whom the Ten Booms had been hiding at the time of their arrests remained undiscovered and all but one, an old woman named Mary, survived.

I’ll end with another meaningful quotation from Corrie ten Boom: “Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength--carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

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