Corrie's prison miracle



During World War II Betsie ten Boom died in a Nazi prison camp. She and her sister, Corrie, had been sent there because they had been caught hiding Jews in their Dutch home. Years after the war, Corrie wrote about an answer to prayer regarding a seemingly insignificant item. Betsie's specific prayer and mustard-seed faith is still an inspiration.

In her words:

I will tell you something that happened when I was a prisoner in a concentration camp with my sister, Betsie. One morning I had a terrible cold, and I said to Betsie, "What can I do? I have no handkerchief."

"Pray," she said. I smiled, but she prayed, "Father, Corrie has got a cold, and she has no handkerchief. Will you give her one in Jesus' name, Amen."

I could not help laughing, but as she said "Amen," I heard my name called. I went to the window, and there stood may friend who worked in the prison hospital.

"Quickly, quickly! Take this little package; it is a little present for you." I opened the package, and inside was a handkerchief.

"Why in the world did you bring me this? Did I ask you for it? Did you know that I have a cold?"

"No, but I was folding handkerchiefs in the hospital, and a voice in my heart said, `Take one to Corrie ten Boom."'

What a miracle! Can you understand what that handkerchief told me at that moment? It told me that in heaven there is a loving Father who hears when one of his children on this very small planet asks for an impossible little thing--a handkerchief. And that heavenly Father tells one of his other children to take one to Corrie ten Boom.

God answers prayers, and God's promises are a greater reality than our problems.


From: Miracles Happen When You Pray by Quin Sherrer, 1997, pag. 26, Zondervan Publishing House,  Grand Rapids, Michigan.