Thankfulness in the Midst of Suffering


This story was reprinted by Mandy Stork and gives us insight into Corrie Ten Boom’s life.

While in Ravenbruck’s Concentration Camp, Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy dealt with dreadful conditions. The women’s labor camp dorms were crammed into three high trough-like sleeping barracks with rancid hay as their bed.

The cramped conditions and lack of basic sanitation lead to a lice and massive infestation of fleas.

Corrie wondered how they could endure such dreadful place. Betsy prayed and told her sister “they must give thanks in all circumstances. But the filth and the fleas? Corrie wondered how they could ever be thankful for the lice and fleas?

Several weeks later one of the supervisors was called into their barracks to view something Betsy was working on. The supervisor refused because the place was swarming with fleas.

Betsy then reminded her sister it was the fleas that has allowed them so much freedom to form a bond and pray and teach about Jesus to their entire barrack with little infringement from their captors because neither the supervisors or guards wanted to be in their barracks because of the lice and fleas.

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This is when Corrie realized she could be thankful for even a flea.

Every time I read this section of the true story “The Hiding Place” I’m so humbled by the raw and real way GOd used these amazing, brave sisters is such a horrible situation; He even used the fleas.

What challenge or difficulty have you found gratitude in that you never thought you could.

Be thankful for the ‘fleas.’


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