Spiritual morale—what it can do for us now

Corrie ten Boom's family worked with the Dutch underground resistance during World War II. This activity caused several family members to be arrested and taken to prison camps. In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie describes the grim details of an existence that one might imagine would have extinguished identity and smothered all reason for hope. But that was not the outcome. Throughout months of solitary confinement'—and later, months of forced labor with her beloved sister, Betsie—Corrie had managed to keep a small Bible, which offered them and others a fresh world of hope in the midst of terror.

Corrie tells of women huddled together in the overcrowded barracks, listening to the Bible. In the inhumane environment of the concentration camp, Betsie's indefatigable Christianity comforts and inspires the tired women. Arguments are resolved, tempers are calmed, and at times even brief flashes of humor ease the suffering.

Have you read the instructions?
February 3, 1992

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