What I spent I had, what I saved, I lost; what I gave, I have. German Motto


“Pictured here is the corpse of a once wealthy man. The title: Sic transit gloria mundi – So passes the glory of this world.  The material things of this world no longer excited me nor would they ever again.” Corrie Ten Boom – Tramp For The Lord

Corrie goes on to say, “It was during this time that I visited Haarlem, the town where I had spent more than fifty years of my life.  It was late in the evening as I walked through the streets.  Waiting before a traffic light, I had a strange feeling that the people should fall in line five by five as in the concentration camp.  Instead, they chatted about insignificant things and when the light changed, they moved on without anyone shouting at them.  Walking the streets that night, however, I felt growing in me a tremendous desire to tell all men, especially those in bondage to material things, of the One who can set us free from all prisons: Jesus.”

Corrie shares a reflection about one night when her sister Betsie and she were laying side by side, holding their coats over their heads. Betsie’s body had wasted away so that there was only thin skin stretched over her brittle bones. Betsie told Corrie, God showed me, that after the war we must give to the Germans that which they now try to take away from us; our love for Jesus.”

When I read the story of Corrie Ten Boom’s zeal for the “eternal things” my own issues pale to the suffering and hardship she and millions of others endured for twelve years until it ended May 8, 1945.

Like Corrie, let us all strive to recover from crisis, trauma and grief with a zealous desire to live and to share the love of Christ with others. 

“As I prayed I felt the LORD saying, “My love, my passion for the lost is available and My strength is made perfect in weakness even in the darkest hours. One day the trouble will pass and what riches we have here will Sic transit gloria mundi.

Whatever riches we gain, whatever we spend, whatever pain or loss we must endure, can not be taken with us into eternity. Only what we give to others in the name of the Lord will become eternal.  

Jesus says, “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12: 49)  “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17: 4)


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And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

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