There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” 
― Corrie Ten Boom
“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world.  And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”
― Corrie Ten Boom
We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world and the spiritual agents are from the very headquarters of evil. Therefore, we must wear the “whole armor of God,” that we may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when we have fought to a standstill, we may still stand our ground.”
― Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom is a Protestant saint. Before World War II, she was an obscure Dutch watchmaker’s daughter. Unmarried, in her 50s, she lived the kind of quiet life that is totally lost to us now.

But during World War II and afterwards, God used this woman to do His work. Corrie Ten Boom and her family built a false wall into their house, a “hiding place” for Jews. When they were caught by the Germans, Corrie, her sister and their elderly father were arrested. Corrie and her sister were sent to concentration camps. Their father died in prison. Corrie’s sister died in the concentration camp. Corrie, and her sister, too, before she died, took great risks to witness about the Lord in this dark hole.

After the war, she lived the rest of her life as an itinerant speaker and writer, bringing the message that God’s love is with us, even in the deepest darkness.

Her book, The Hiding Place, was an important one for me after my conversion. I had listened to the world’s version of history all my life and I had no idea that there were Christian heroes and heroines who had risked and given all to save the Jews. Corrie’s book was my introduction to that ignored part of the history of those days.

I am convinced that if Corrie Ten Boom had been a Catholic, she would have been canonized by now. I am also convinced that she is a saint, that she is in heaven, and that God answers her prayers. God gave her small miracles in the concentration camps and I don’t doubt that He answers her now.

Because of what she suffered, I think her words have meaning to us in our times of deepest trouble. I think they are pertinent to us in this unraveling world of contemporary America. Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and all other places like them, are harbingers of hell. They are the howling dogs of hate that we let loose on one another.

The mass murders at Sandy Hook, Denver, Columbine, and Oklahoma City are also harbingers of hell. It is up to us to decide if we will become part of this darkness, if we will let it overcome us, or if we will chose the light.

I chose the light. Corrie Ten Boom said, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” I believe that.

  • Lori

    Beautiful! Thanks for this reminder of one of my favorite Christian heroines.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      She’s one of my favorites too, Lori.

  • Maggie Goff

    Thank you for this. I tried reading “The Hiding Place” book years ago, way before I was ready to hear what she had to say. I have come a long, long, long way since then, for which I am so grateful. I am now looking forward to reading it.
    ““There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” I more than believe it. I *know* it. Thank you again.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Maggie. I thought that the best thing I could do today was pass this along.

  • Sus

    Downloading “The Hiding Place” right now. Thanks Rebecca.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      You’re welcome Sus. Have a blessed Sunday.

  • Imelda

    I love your title. It is so true, to hold otherwise is to despair and to limit the power of God. Thanks be to God for the work He did through Corrie Ten Boom.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      The title is a quote from Corrie Ten Boom. When she said that, she was speaking of her experiences in the concentration camps where her sister died and the prison before that, where her father died. This wasn’t an idle comment. It came from someone who knew about the deepest pits.

  • Manny

    Thanks for bringing her to our awareness. I had never heard of her and I agree. If she had been Catholic she would have been cannonized.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks Manny. Her story has meant a lot to me through the years.

  • Lily

    I first read about her through one of your posts, and was deeply moved. Thank you for the introduction. She brought so much light into this world.

  • Peg

    The father of little Emilie Parker who died In Newton has some beautiful words of faith and love that echo Corrie and Immaculata of Rwanda. He’s going to use his free will for something positive. Going to mass now to pray for all victims of violence and a new era of peace and healing.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I saw his statement Peg. It was beautiful. I’ve been praying for everyone, including our country. I think the seven sorrows of Mary (the Immaculata of Rwanda) is a good prayer to pray now.

  • Russell Holder

    Depth of ordeal can produce an equal if not greater strength to overcome… for it is in our brokenness we will be perfected- knowing this is an outcome of the love God shares with us all for His glory. The story of Corrie Ten Boom is a marvelous and uplifting one… one that has the light of love emanating throughout (despite the darkness it came through). A very nice read here, and I wish you and family a very Merry Christmas.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Russell.

  • Kathie Evenhouse

    Corrie Ten Boom has been my role model in so many things–one of them being forgiveness. In an article in Guidepost she tells the story of speaking in Munich in 1947. A balding, heavy-set man came forward to speak to her and said that he had mentioned Ravensbruck in her talk. Then he told her that he had been a guard there, but he didn’t remember her. Her words now: “I had to do it–I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us.” The man responded that since that time he had become a Christian, and although he knew that God have forgiven him for the cruel things he did there, he wanted Corrie’s forgiveness as well. Corrie said, “I stood there–I whose sins had every day to be forgiven–and could not. . . It could not have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do. For I had to do it–I knew that. And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion–I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. “Jesus help me!” she prayed silently. “I can lift my hand, I can do that much. You supply the feeling.” And so she held out her hand and clutched his. Her words again. “As I di, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined heand. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes.” She forgave him then. She says about that day, “I never had known God’s love so intensely as I did then.”

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      She’s one of my role models, too Kathie. I often use her prayer for forgiveness from this story. Reading this made me realize that true forgiveness isn’t an act of the will. It’s a grace.

  • Jennifer

    Definitely a hero of the faith. I grew up hearing about her and watched the movie numerous times. I can’t count the number of times I read her books. She was a remarkable woman that served God with all of her heart.
    You might be interested in Gladys Alyward if you haven’t heard of her already. She was a Christian missionary to China starting in the 1930′s. I was so inspired by her that I paid over $60 for an out of print book because it was the only one in which she cooperated with the author. There was a movie about her starring Ingrid Bergman but Ms. Alyward was embarrassed by it (very sad.) There were too many inaccuracies and the love story embarrassed her. Ms. Alyward was used by God, loved the people tremendously and led at least 100 children to safety through the mountains of China. She’s truly inspirational.
    Another amazing person is Dr. Janusz Korczak Oh my…I don’t have words to describe the impact this man’s life had on me. He ran an orphanage during the Holocaust. He died with his children though he was given the chance to walk away. He wouldn’t do it. I bought a book about him on Amazon called Field of Buttercups. Wow.
    With the murderous rampage that happened last week it’s good to reflect on such inspirational and Christ like people.