Art And Music | Christ | Christmas | Incarnation | Persecution | Praise | Worship

A member recently passed along to me a powerful book, entitled Life And Death In Shanghai, by Nien Cheng (Grove Press, New York, 1986). It is the amazing, personal story of a Chinese woman who was arrested and spent seven years in solitary confinement beginning in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution in communist China. It is a fascinating story of endurance and faith in the face of persecution. Following is an excerpt that describes an experience of joy and hope in the midst of the darkness: When the newspaper stopped coming on December 2, I started to make light scratches on the wall to mark the passing days. By the time I had made twenty-three strokes, I knew it was Christmas Eve. Though the usual bedtime hour had passed, the guards were not yet on duty to tell the prisoners to go to sleep. While I was waiting in the bitter cold, suddenly, from somewhere upstairs, I heard a young soprano voice…

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