After the movie, “The Hiding Place,” had poignantly portrayed the true story of the life of Corrie ten Boom, and how she, her father and sister had been captured and tormented in a Nazi Concentration Camp for hiding their Jewish friends and neighbors, Corrie traveled around giving inspirational talks.
A friend and I thought we were going early to get a good seat, but it turns out we barely got inside. Actually we were the last two to be admitted. Corrie was amazing, and she was no young chicken, but “wow” what a message. Her Dutch family had been arrested for hiding Jews and she was put into Ravensbruck, along with her sister, Betsie. Betsie died fifteen days before Corrie was released. Their father, Casper, had died ten days after he and his daughters were taken captive.
One of many powerful incidents Corrie shared was how, after the war, she was speaking at a large meeting on the subject of forgiveness. Who should come up to her and warmly extend his arm to shake hers but the meanest prison guard from the camp. He had become a Christian. Corrie described how her right arm seemed to freeze at her side and she struggled to forgive this man whom she had seen be so nasty to her fragile sister, even as she was dying. Finally, with the help of the Holy Spirit, Corrie managed to shake his hand and accept his apologies. And forgive him.
The scripture Corrie emphasized so strongly the night I heard her, was Micah 7:19: “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast out all our sins into the depths of the sea.” As she repeated it with her strong Dutch accent, it resonated firmly in my heart and spirit. She closed with this; “And God Puts Up A No Fishing Sign!” d.m.