Hope in Others

‘In solitary,’ she continued, ‘I had a dream. I saw one of our Communist torturers taking a bath in my bath tub. And other officers were queuing at the door of the bath room to do the same. I shouted at the naked man “Out of here. It is not your place.” He answered, “I believe that you Christians have a pool in your hearts like that in Bethesda. Men enter in it dirty and leave it cleansed.” He left the tub. His naked body was now whiter than snow. And he had a lovely face. It was no more the man who had beaten me. Then others undressed and entered the tub. With this I awoke. I had had a revelation in my sleep. When any man enters a Christian’s life, even by torturing him, he finds there a place where his image is cleared, beautiful. We understand him. He might be a criminal for others. For us he becomes a forever beloved being.’

The above story was told to Sabina Wurmbrand (written in her book The Pastor’s Wife) from a fellow inmate.

Above all continue to love one another fervently, for love throws a veil over a multitude of faults. 1 Peter 4:8  (Weymouth)

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?  Jeremiah 8:22

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