By SUE SEIBERT
As you know, Advent began last Sunday and will last through Christmas Eve. It is the time of waiting and preparation for the Nativity of Jesus. It is a time to prepare ourselves to greet the Christ child once again as we celebrate his birthday.
A few weeks ago on Facebook the wife of one of St. Luke’s former priests posed the question, “What do you intend to use as a devotional study during Advent?”
I had sort of been expecting an Advent study guide by Magnificat Publishing, but as none had arrived at the church this year, I really didn’t know. Usually I try for a book and a short devotional in addition to our usual evening prayer, but I had not picked a book.
At first I thought of re-reading Anthony Destefano’s “The Invisible World: Understanding Angels, Demons, and the Spiritual Realities That Surround Us,” as it is a book which has helped me a lot.
Then, again on Facebook, I saw that one of my Christian friends in California, whom I have never met, had “liked” Corrie ten Boom. I remembered reading Corrie ten Boom’s work before, and I remembered her voice, through her work, calling me to a closer walk with Christ.
So I went online and ordered “Tramp for the Lord.” I had read some of her other books, the most memorable being “The Hiding Place,” which was made into a movie.
If you don’t know about Corrie, and if you haven’t read her books, I would strongly recommend you do both – learn about her and read her books. And to that end, I will tell you a little to whet your appetite.
Corrie was a Dutch watchmaker who was born in 1892. During the Holocaust she and her family hid Jews who, in her father’s words, are “God’s chosen people,” and I certainly agree with that.