I read of a man who was involved in a tragic accident. He lost both legs
and his left arm, and only a finger and thumb remained on the right hand.
There was only enough left of the man that had been, to suffer and.............
But he still possessed a brilliant mind, enriched with a good education
broadened with world travel. At first he thought there was nothing he
do but remain a helpless sufferer.
But then a thought came to him. It was always nice to receive letters, but why not
write them? He could still use his right hand with some difficulty. But to
whom could he write?
Was there anyone shut in and incapacitated like he was who could be
encouraged by his letters? He thought of men in prison. They did have
some hope of release whereas he had none, but it was worth a try.
He wrote to a Christian organization concerned with prison ministry. He
told that his letters could not be answered as it was against prison
but he commenced this one sided correspondence.
He wrote twice a week and it taxed his strength to the limit. But into
those letters he put his whole soul, all his experience, all his faith,
his wit, and all his Christian optimism. It must have been hard writing
those letters, often in pain, and particularly when there was no reply.
Frequently he felt discouraged and was tempted to give it up. But it was
his one remaining activity and he resolved to continue as long as he
At last he got a letter. It was very short, written on prison stationery
the officer whose duty it was to censor the mail. All it said was: "Please
write on the best paper you can afford. Your letters are passed from cell
to cell until they literally fall to pieces."
No matter what our personal situation is, we still have God-given gifts
talents, experience, and encouragement that we can share with others.
~ Ron Clark of Tasmania, Australia
Let all you do be done in love. (1Cor 16:14)