Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The ten Boom Home and the Hiding Place
The next important stop on my bucket list tour of the Netherlands was Haarlem.
The house in Haarlem where the hiding place was is now a living museum and it was quite a thrill to see the actual place where this well known history unfolded.
The home itself was a warm and inviting place.
It was pretty moving to imagine what life must've been like during this awful period of history. Many people hid Jews and worked for the resistance and paid a high price for it. Corrie ten Boom took the opportunity she was given through being a survivor to write and share her story.
A surprise for me was seeing the folder from her funeral.
The town of Haarlem is beautiful in its own right.
This visit inspired me to remember to do the right thing in difficult circumstances, to allow forgiveness to lead my life and not revenge or bitterness, and to consider the ways in which my own faith gets lived out in real and tangible ways for the betterment of humanity. I am so thankful for this visit to the hiding place.