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For Dec 4th

Think on these things……. By Bud Turnage

As we leave one holiday and prepare for another, I could not help but think of two sisters. Corrie and Betsie Ten Boom were these wonderful Christian sisters who, in the midst of World War II, when money was tight, food supply low, and Nazis’ crawled their streets like ants, gave safe harbor to Jews in their home. Yes, they were aware of their fate if caught, but God’s love in their heart was stronger than their fear of Hitler. One night as they slept, German soldiers broke in through their front door and dragged the two sisters to jail. Without a trial or any chance to plead their case, they were whisked away to a concentration camp where they were forced to work long hours and live in a barracks that was infested with fleas. One night as they lay on their straw mattress, scratching flea bites, Betsie told her sister that tonight they must thank God for everything, the good and the bad, because everything is from him, even the fleas. Corrie reluctantly thanked God for the fleas, but later she found out that because of the flea infestation in their barracks the guards would not come in. Which, as it turns out, gave them the freedom to pray, study their contraband Bible, and have worship services with the other ladies in their barracks. They concluded that God can take some of the worst things in the world and make good come from them.

As we make our pilgrimage on this earth, God uses everything in our lives, the good and the bad, to help us grow closer in spiritual maturity and closer to Him. So I challenge you, during this time of transition from Thanksgiving to the celebration of our savior’s birth, let’s thank God for everything, the good, the bad and the ugly in our lives, because you never know what God is preparing you for. If you want to know more about the Ten Boom sisters, you should read their book, The Hiding Place