Giving Thanks again, with Corrie ten Boom

When I was in my first year of teaching sixth grade at a Christian school in Iowa, I had two Corys in my class. One was a boy named Cory and one was a girl named Corrie. Corrie, the girl, told me her mother had named her after Corrie ten Boom. That was the first time I had heard about this amazing lady who lived through Nazi Germany during World War II. She and her family were persecuted for helping the Jews during that terrible time in history. I am thankful for Corrie ten Boom’s life and testimony, I’m thankful for my sixth graders who taught me so much, I’m thankful for my pastor who just preached about Corrie at church last week.

Pastor Bryan was preaching about forgiveness. For many of us we have a hard time forgiving the little hurts, they just keep coming back to hurt and haunt us. Pastor Bryan shared about Corrie ten Boom meeting one of the guards who had tortured her and her sister in the Nazi concentration camp. If Corrie could forgive that guard, shouldn’t I be able to forgive, too?  Thank you, Jesus, for saints who are such a good example to me.

Corrie and her sister Betsie were also an example of  thankfulness, even while living in the Nazi concentration camp. In this devotion from Our Daily Bread (my very favorite devotion book), Vernon C. Grounds describes how Corrie and Betsie were thankful for fleas.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

“Thanks for Fleas”
From “Our Daily Bread” Devotions April 9, 2002
http://www.rbc.org/devotionals/our-daily-bread/2002/04/09/devotion.aspx

Won’t you join me in being thankful to God, even for fleas?

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

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