Thankful for the Fleas

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The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested.

They had been able to miraculously smuggle a Bible into the camp, and in that Bible they had read that in all things they were to give thanks, and that God can use anything for good.

Corrie's sister Betsy decided that this meant thanking God for the fleas.

This was too much for Corrie, who said she could do no such thing. Betsy insisted, so Corrie gave in and prayed to God, thanking Him even for the fleas.

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Anyone who has ever been on a guilt trip knows one thing. It's a bad vacation. The problem is we've all been on them. Sometimes it feels like we never quit the guilt journey. Guilt over things we've done, haven't done, shouldn't have done.

Psychologists' surveys have shown that they could dismiss 90% of their patients if only they could relieve them of their guilt.

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The final destination?

A guilt-free life.


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