Betsie ten Boom 'still lives'
Sickening smoke billowed from Ravensbruck's crematorium. This, no doubt caused each inmate to fearfully ponder both evil and their brief mortality.
Uncontrollable winters and Nazi Concentration Camp depravity would surely increase doubt in God's good abilities and His loving heart?
The merciless blizzards of northern Europe alloyed by the horror of Nazi imprisonment were rich fodder to dismiss a humane God. Yet God, the God of Calvary was never absent or disinterested.
A Dutch Christian and rescuer of Jews is famous for her World War Two courage - Corrie ten Boom.
Corrie was imprisoned with her elder sister Betsie at the female only Ravensbruck. Possibly Betsie characterized more grace and even deeper faith than Corrie. She is far less spoken of.
Already physically destroyed, nearing death from the depth of Nazi evil, Betsie ten Boom on December 20th 1944 reflected:
"There is no pit too deep that God is not deeper still."
She struggled to draw breath as she whispered those words of faith to Corrie. The dying Betsie was being stretchered across the compound to the camp hospital. Within 24 hours she had met her Savior. (Corrie would be 'released' too, a few days later on January 1st 1945 through an 'inspired' clerical error.)
The depth of God still fills the unspeakable fathoms of human suffering. Faith is the key that invites God to dive in.
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. (1 John 5:4)
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