For Everything!

Give Thanks

Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:20

“All” and “everything.” That’s what we’re supposed to give thanks for!

You’ve perhaps heard this story, but Corrie Ten Boom had a powerful lesson in this at a Nazi Concentration Camp. Danish clockmakers Corrie, her sister, and their father had been hiding Jews in their home. Though their protectees were thankfully never found, the Ten Booms were nevertheless arrested for collaborating with the Resistance. Through miraculous circumstances, Corrie and Betsie managed to smuggle a Bible into their barracks.

One day, Betsie came across a passage similar to today’s verse, and Corrie’s sister said, “God calls us to give thanks in all circumstances, so Corrie, we need to give thanks for the lice.” Corrie argued, “I will never give thanks for the lice.” But Betsie’s faith was so genuine, trusting, and sincere – even from the midst of a Nazi hellhole – that Corrie eventually bit out, “Thank you, God, for the lice.”

Betsie died in that concentration camp. Corrie lived to celebrate her sister’s faith, saying essentially: Betsie was right. I hated those lice. But so did the German guards. The infestation of lice in our barrack kept out the guards which was a blessing for two reasons. First, our women didn’t have to endure their harassment. Second, it allowed us to hold a Bible study with the contraband Bible. In the midst of our horrible circumstances, all the other prisons in camp started referring to us as the barrack of light. God was moving, helping, guiding, saving. He was setting our hearts free, in spite of our horrific external circumstances.

If I said to you, “Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” what would you say that you have the hardest time giving thanks for? Well, with Betsie’s prompting, can you bite out a thanksgiving for your equivalent to lice?

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who prompts …

“try it now”!


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