On this date, April 15, 1892, Corrie ten Boom was born. Also on this date, 91 years later, April 15, 1983, Corrie ten Boom died. She died on her 91st birthday.
If you have ever read the book The Hiding Place or seen the film by the same title, you know that she and her family hid Jews during the Holocaust. Because of these actions, she was imprisoned in several Nazi concentration camps, ultimately ending up in Ravensbrück in Germany.
Part of her compelling story happened after her release from Ravensbrück, years later. She was approached by a former Ravensbrück camp guard who had been known as one of the cruelest guards at the camp. He asked her forgiveness for what he had done. She at first was reluctant to forgive him, she prayed that she would be able to and she did.
Here are her words that she later reflected on that moment.
“For a long moment we grasped each other’s hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I had never known God’s love so intensely as I did then.”
Oh that we may embrace that type of forgiveness.