Encouragement from a Holocaust Survivor

Corrie Ten Boom was living in Haarlem during the time that the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. Her family’s faith in Jesus Christ prompted them to provide a hiding place for Jews, as the military started to deport them to concentration camps in central Europe. But after some time, their resistance activity was discovered. Consequently, Corrie and her family were sent to the concentration camp where they experienced the horrors of the Holocaust first-hand.

Haarlem - Hiding Place - Eric

I’ve been inspired by Corrie Ten Boom’s writing for many years. Her book The Hiding Place is probably one of my top ten books of all time. Our family even got the chance to visit the Ten Boom House in Haarlem several times during our years of living in the Netherlands. I highly recommend the book under any circumstances. But it does seem like it could be an extra-interesting read for those of us who feel like we’re in hiding, or imprisoned, by the COVID-19 Pandemic that’s happening at this point in history.

This morning, a ministry leader and friend named John Hopler sent out an email that shared some quotes from Corrie Ten Boom. He described her as a women who “is famous for having an undying faith in the midst of great difficulties.” And I agree. She is a model for us during challenging times. So I wanted to post some selections pulled from John’s selected quotes — in the hopes that you will be encouraged by the opportunities for faith and joy in the midst of difficult circumstances:

“You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.”

“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings… it’s something we make inside ourselves.”

“With Jesus, even in our darkest moments the best remains and the very best is yet to be…”

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

“If God sends us on stony paths, he provides strong shoes.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”

Take heart, friends! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! His people have survived numerous wars, genocides, plagues, and natural disasters. And I have great faith that we’re going to make it through the current crisis, as well. Just be strong and courageous!

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