The guards drugged the inmates until their senses corroded. Richard struggled to focus his mind, and at times even the Lord’s Prayer became too long to recite. Concentration escaped him. Once, he mustered what little strength he had left and mumbled, “Jesus, I love You.”

You love Me? Jesus responded. Now I will show you how I love you.

Suddenly, Richard’s heart burned like the hearts of the two men on the Emmaus road. “I knew the love of the one who gave his life on the cross for us all. Such love cannot exclude the Communists, however grave their sins.” The more Richard suffered, the more love he felt toward the guards. He believed in the all-embracing love of Christ, who desires the salvation of everyone.

–FROM THE BOOK WURMBRAND

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