Central China knows many miracles of God. Samuel was a schoolmaster in a small city in China, and he enjoyed his life but for one crippled son he had.
The boy embarrassed Samuel, or so Samuel thought. One day Samuel overheard one of the teachers praying for him and his crippled son.
"Lord, please help Samuel to love his son. It's so sad the way he treats him so cruelly, cutting him off, refusing to spend time in the home, ashamed of his crippled boy. Lord, we don't know what goes on in the mind of his son, but we do know he is very sad. His wife says the boy weeps all the time when the father comes in and leaves. He may not know much, but he does know he's not loved, and doesn't know why."
Samuel’s heart cut to the core, and he returned home that very night and sat beside his son most of the night, watching the boy sleep, as Samuel muttered apologies to his son.
Samuel began spending time daily with his son, and together they read from the Bible and became close friends. Even Samuel’s wife joined in and she to was impacted by the Bible stories of love and forgiveness. This family drew closer together by the love of God.
Then, the unthinkable unfolded. The boy was hit by a truck while walking one day, and died a few days later.
The local Christian community provided a service for the boy, and Samuel and his wife thanked the believers. The love of God strengthen the couple in their deep grief, so Samuel decided to attend a church service that he had never heard of before. Christmas it was called.
The story of Christmas affected Samuel profoundly, and he arose and gave a testimony that very day in Church.
"I see that I went through what God went through. He had a Son He loved, and watched Him die that life may come to everyone. I too had a son, but I did not love him. Then God broke my heart, so that I could love him. Then He took him. However, I have life now, life that will last so long that one day I know I will be reunited with my son. And he will not be lame. And we will fellowship together, not in freezing rooms of fear and pain, but on beautiful planets of peace and harmony. I can love again, and this is the joy of Christmas for me. Even in my grief, with my son gone, I can love again. We can all love again!"
By the grace of God, let us all learn to love again here in America!
Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.