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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Blessings and Persecutions Through God's Eye

As the monster blog grows old and musty I must ask myself, what's next. Is there a news story emanating deep in the bowels of our nation's capitol to rag on or a perhaps I should dig out an old published story now turning yellow in the boxes of yesterday.

Oh where to regroup. My thoughts as of late have not been in satire mode, but living in a celestial dwelling.

Perhaps this all seems a bit abstract from the woman who generally has her sword of satire sharpened, so I shall admit to having a visitor come to my apartment a few days ago. I asked her not to leave because her stories of hardship, world travels and witnessing the miracles of a merciful God has kept me spellbound.

Though very much alive, the Lord took her home one month short of 23 years ago.

Besides keeping the doorway swept clean on this blog and goofing around on Scrappleface, I teach a Bible study at the bunker which has been no easy feat. Multiple Sclerosis has taken away much of my ability to recall scriptures in a micro-second. Greek translations and apologetics I once prided myself upon are deeply lodged in my brain and hard to find.

My last attempt at teaching a home Bible study was over three years ago and I gave up because the brain was swirling in a cloud of confusion. This time I have relied on the Lord's understanding and not my own. Slowly my captive audience is starting to understand a few deeper concepts of God (as am I).

We have been exploring the Beatitudes. What was meant to be a one or two week journey into Jesus's Sermon on the Mount, has turned into a long journey of discovery and introspection. You see for weeks we grappled over the meaning of poor, hungry and meek. Now we are seeing the peacemakers and the persecuted.

I told my Bible study about my guest who experienced the depravation of humanity as Satan exterminated the lives of millions of Christians and Jews and how she spent her reaming years transforming literally thousands upon thousands of lives, teaching people how to forgive. Her name is Corrie Ten Boom. I invited Corrie to come into my home and with multiple blessings, she stayed for the past three days.

Allow me to explain. Most of my "students," for what ever reason never heard of this miraculous woman, so I ordered The Hiding Place, a movie of her life released in 1975. After digging around on the Internet, looking for the best price on a VHS tape, I discovered it was recently released on DVD, so with credit card in hand I sent away for the movie.

Much to my surprise a second DVD was included with hours of her ministry. I have been glued to the television until the late hours of the night. It is as if she sat besides me, poured a cup of coffee and shared all of her heartbreaks and blessings. I so wanted her to stay.

Many of us have suffered pain in various ways. As we grow older and have witnessed so much evil creep into this world, it is hard to keep our eyes on exactly what the Lord said to us, his disciples of this new century. In my own life there has much pain and suffering. MS, in comparison is nothing.

Still the Lord has called me/us to be peacemakers, not peace lovers. That is tough when you have witnessed persecution or sorrow. God understands destroyed lives, persecution and pain, but that is part of the blessings Christ handed out. Matthew 5:11 says "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake."

God had a purpose for Corrie's persecution and she struggled with God's reasoning. God promised her many things in that German concentration camp. God also promised you ..................(fill in the blanks), but in order to fulfill your destiny you must be people who believe in verbs, in other words people of action.

Next Tuesday our group will meet in the bunker apartment to watch the film. I pray their hearts will be challenged. Many folks in the Bible study believe they are retired. I too, at one time thought I was disabled, but this is where God comes in.

I am so delighted Corrie came to visit. There still is a lot of ministry left on this second DVD. In this time and place God allowed that DVD to cut deep into my heart. My prayers are that I can piggy-back on to a lady who died many years ago. There are other "God" things going on right now in my life and everyday He allows me to walk with Him a little deeper through the shadow of death where I can feel no evil. He has prepared a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.

What is going on in your life today. Have you found a complacent place to just hang out. Is there hurt and despair? Unforgivness or pain from those who will not forgive? He is greater than all our problems but if we won't give them to Him, how then can Christ take them away?

"There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still." Corrie Ten Boom April 15, 1892–April 15, 1983.

P.S. The Netherlands, her native land, was once overtaken by Hitler's Germany. Under the Nazi rule human life had no value, but God restored justice and hope. Yesterday The Netherlands voted to allow euthanasia for babies. How quickly man forgets.

Lord forgive them.

14 comments:

Kajun said...

My ancestors (on my Mothers side) came from The Netherlands; I'm sure glad!

onlineanalyst said...

Back in the early '90's on a trip through Germany, I heard an anecdote from our Dutch bus driver about an SS officer who tossed Dutch infants into the air and then nonchalantly shot at them in their descent.

Last fall, our Dutch guide in the Netherlands "rationally" explained his country's attitude toward euthanasia. It was appalling to hear the acceptance of the practice as humane and sophisticated in a country that experienced the German war-machine atrocities first-hand.

Both of those examples are rooted in the belief that the State takes precedence over the individual, that the State determines the value of its citizens. In countries that have turned their collective backs on the gift of God's creation by rejecting the faith of their fathers or perverting that faith by setting themselves above God, we see that the lesson has to be learned over and over again.

The Beatitudes, in spite of their seeming simplicity, offer deep lessons for happiness in this life and for eternity. Forgiveness toward "those who know not what they do" is perhaps the hardest yet most freeing life-long lesson to learn. Offering our pain or even our hardness of heart to God, we rely on His mercy and understanding with a faith that knows he accepts us as we are if we come to Him in genuine humility. Christ was the Master Teacher is showing us the Way.

Barb said...

Shelly ,you and OLA leave me with nothing meaningful to say that wouldn't be redundant. Several years ago I read the book about Corrie Ten Boom,but I am going to read it again and get the movie. The more I learn ,the more I realize how little I know.
Thanks to both of you for shining a beautiful light into my heart today.

Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

Barb


You always have something meaningful to say--not to worry.

If you get the movie, buy the CD. I went to Amazon.com and bought it from a bookseller for about 18.00, new and wrapped.

If you go ther you can generally find anything used or under-priced.

The CD has a lot of great stuff on disc #2 that the VHS doesn't have. Believe me--it is worth watching. She was a woman appointed by God,

camojack said...

Sounds like something I really ought to see.

I highly recommend the movie "Luther", too...

MargeinMI said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I REALLY needed reminding of many of the things said here today.

I read The Hiding Place back in high school and again about 10 years ago. Think I'll dust off my copy and read it again. Also do a library search for the dvd.

MargeinMI said...

Also, Europe is doomed.

Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

camojack

I loved the movie Luther and will eventually go to Amazon.com and add it to my library.

With all the gay films and movies of violence it is good to go back and watch a film that so shatters your everyday complacency.

I think the digitally remastered CD was just released. Remember it was a middle budget film so big explosions and shooting helicopters are not seen.

I think the movie was backed by World Wide Films--from Billy Graham. But above all get the CD. She is (was) an awesome woman and to listen to her is well...........

Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

yes Europe is doomed. Without revival they might as well as fall down and kiss dirt.

Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

camojack

I loved the movie Luther and will eventually go to Amazon.com and add it to my library.

With all the gay films and movies of violence it is good to go back and watch a film that so shatters your everyday complacency.

I think the digitally remastered CD was just released. Remember it was a middle budget film so big explosions and shooting helicopters are not seen.

I think the movie was backed by World Wide Films--from Billy Graham. But above all get the CD. She is (was) an awesome woman and to listen to her is well...........

Maggie said...

Ms O'Righty
I was posting on the Hillary blog and clicked in my comment and then 'POOF',the whole blog disappeared.

Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

maggie

I was editing the Shadup because I forgot the a. Likely it was in cyber at the moment. Not to fear, it was not a DNC plot.

SGT USMC 1ea said...

That is just so perfectly beautiful. I feel the Love of God pouring from the post. I have listened on Christian radio to many talks of Ms Ten-Booms and found them all inspiring. That you have come to know her personally and share the same eloquent ability to splendidly display the Love of Christ fills me with wonder that I have such a friend. You have not lost a whit of your ability to inspire. I have lifted your Bible study group up in prayer.

Deus est Semper Fidelis

Ms. RightWing, Ink said...

SGT USMC 1ea

Thank you for the uplifting words, I need it. I am having a really bad MS day and the doctors are going to start me on chemotherapy in a couple of weeks.

I have no fears because although I live alone and have no family--I still am not alone