A Prison Letter from Brother Bo

Editor’s note: This is a recent letter from a Chinese Christian who has been put in prison for activities related to his faith. In this letter, he encourages his parents not to lose heart and to know that, although their son is in jail, his soul is free.


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“What have I lost in the past two years or so? I have temporarily lost time with my family…although I am imprisoned, there is a bigger prison outside these walls.

A Prison Letter from Brother Bo:

Mom and Dad,

Be strong, be joyful, and live each day well. These days, my heart is filled with surprising peace. What have I lost in the past two years or so? I have temporarily lost time with my family, but I have not lost the love of my family; I have temporarily lost my life of freedom, but I have not lost my freedom of thought; I have temporarily lost Sunday worship, but I have not lost my faith; although I am imprisoned, there is a bigger prison outside these walls.

I find this saying very true: he who has faith can lose nothing. He can turn hell into heaven; he can sleep peacefully in the midst of the storm; he can sing gratefully in prison; he can become a dancer even while in chains. And he who has no faith can have nothing. For him, he will turn even heaven into hell.


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We are truly free and can lose nothing compared to those who have been enslaved all their lives by the fear of death. Mom and Dad, you are losing me—just like Abraham lost Isaac, Jacob lost Joseph and Benjamin, and the father in the parable lost the prodigal son. But just as each of these lost sons were found again, so will you also find me.

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“We are truly free and can lose nothing compared to those who have been enslaved all their lives by the fear of death.

If it is more blessed to give than to receive, it can also be said that it is more blessed to lose than to gain. For it is only by losing that we can gain more beauty. I believe that when we meet again, we will be more beautiful and more mature. May you be strong and joyful!

 

Your loving son, 

Bo Jiapei


Bo Jiapei is a pseudonym for a Christian brother who has been sentenced to several years in prison for religious activities.

FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION

Pray for Brother Bo and his family. Pray also for all those imprisoned for their faith in China.

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