To my fellow OFWs incarcerated in different jails around the globe more particularly those in various prisons in Saudi Arabia and especially those in Death Row, Wishing you-ALL, A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
To my friend DONDON (in death row) who despite from his situation greeted me a Happy Holiday by way of text-The Lord God is with you. Just continue to trust Him that someday you will be spared from all the trials you’ve been through.
You may not read this holiday greetings but one thing for sure those who read these – will render a short prayer for all of you. ****
A Christmas Letter from Prison
“I don’t have to tell you how greatly I long for freedom, and for all of you. But for decades you gave us such incomparably beautiful Christmases that my grateful memory of them is strong enough to outshine even this rather dark one. It is times like these that show what it really means to have a past and an inner legacy independent of the change of times and conditions. The awareness of being borne up by a spiritual tradition that lasts for decades gives one a strong sense of security in the face of all transitory distress…
From the Christian point of view, spending Christmas in prison doesn’t pose any special problem. Most likely, a more
meaningful and authentic Christmas is celebrated here by many people than in places where only the name of the feast remains. Misery, pain, poverty, loneliness, helplessness, and guilt have an altogether different meaning in God’s eyes than in the judgment of men. God turns toward the very places from which humans tend to turn away. Christ was born in a stable because there was no room for him at the inn: a prisoner can understand all this better than other people. It’s truly good news for him; in believing it, he knows he has been made a part of the Christian community that breaks down all spatial and temporal frontiers, and the walls of prison lose their meaning…”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a Christmas Letter to his parents while in prison at Christmas in 1943 during WWII. He was hanged on April 6, 1945, one month before the German surrender.