Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pre-War Beje life chapters 1 & 2

We begin the Hiding Place at the One Hundredth Birthday Party at the Ten Boom’s home and shop. I like getting a glimpse into what life was like before the War came to this family and what life was like at the Beje. It gives you a good background and a chance to get to know these people better. In this first chapter the Ten Boom's get their first taste of the War when the old Jewish man is brought to them by Willem. It is interesting to learn the perspective of what some of the Dutch thought of what was going on in Germany at this time. I wonder if some things could have been prevented if the world had realized what was happening to the Jewish people sooner rather than brushing things off?
In chapter two Corrie talks about how upset she was as a child when she sees a baby that has died. She is overcome with sadness and scared of death for her Papa and family. The advice and wisdom of her father at this moment stays with her for life. Not that they would have ever known at the time but it was like a foreshadowing in the book of what Corrie would need strength for in the future. I think what he tells her is something we all need to slow down and remember sometimes. Allow the words to comfort you, "Our wise Father in heaven knows when we're going to need things, too. Don't run out ahead of him, Corrie (insert your name here). When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need-just in time." What do you think of what he tells Corrie, do you find that you to often try to run out ahead of God? Do you believe that God will give us the strength we need but not until it's needed sometimes? It is easy to get impatient! I pray we remember the strength that Corrie will continue to show in the book and be reminded that God will provide what is needed.

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