The binding is in honor of the time that Corrie spent in solitary confinement. To do something other than talk to ants, she slowly pulled threads out of her sweater and used it to sew some color in her gray cell.
The red thread binding is:
- An acknowledgment that even in that place, God is real.
- A tribute to the courage Corrie lived her life with.
- A way to say thank you because her courage still breathes courage to us.
- A reminder that even in that kind of loneliness, Truth will hold us together.
I am so excited for women to read Corrie's book with this study. My hope in writing it is that we will not just hear her story and think, "She is amazing." But we will hear her story and wonder, "If God was real for Corrie Ten Boom and that is the same God that I love and serve - then .... is He that real for me ... and what does that mean?"
Consider what happens if we all really let ourselves enter in to those questions.
I am sometimes so overwhelmed by His realness that it nearly hurts.
And other times, I am overwhelmed by five kids, dinner prep, and a husband who is gone with work for two weeks.
And other times I am overwhelmed with the pain that my friends are carrying, and the daunting call of living in this world.
And other times, I am so busy I don't have time to overwhelmed by anything.
I am so excited for women to read this study because in those other times we all need someone to remind us what this is actually all about. To believe for us when we are too tired, too scared, too full of our own selves to see this God who is real and moving and calling us to His love.
Thank you Jordan for all of your love and support and for being that reminder to me so often. I am so blessed by this ever growing list of people who are making it happen.
God this is for you and because of you....
T-minus 21 - Bring it on!
with love - j.l.mikel