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The Birthday Flower


One day, an official in a communist country was sitting in his office. The official did not like Christians. He had sent many believers to jail.

Unexpectedly, a boy appeared in his office. The boy was about 12 years old. He was holding a flower.

“Captain,” the boy said to the official, “you are the one who put my mother and father in prison. Today is my mother’s birthday. I always give her a flower on her birthday. But because of you, I can’t be with my mother today.

“My mother is good Christian,” the boy continued. “She taught me to love me enemies. She told me to repay evil with good. So I thought I would bring a flower to the mother of your children. Please take it to your wife. Tell her about my love and the love of Christ.”

The official hugged the boy. Because of the boy’s love, he did not want to put any more Christians in jail. So he quit his job. Then other communist officials put HIM in jail. He now thought it was an honor to be in jail with followers of Christ.

(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs)

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