“In God’s Beauty Parlor”
A transcription of an audio biography as told by my grandmother
Sabina Wurmbrand, transcribed by Andrea
My dear sisters and dear brethren in Christ,
It is true that my Bible is Romanian because I come from Romania, but it is still the same Bible as yours. And there in my Bible and in your Bible it was read to you about Stephen, the first who gave his life for Christ. The first martyr. And I would like this morning to take you with me to a very special beauty parlor. But before this, I have to remind you that a television crew is here in the church in order to make an exact video tape of this meeting. You would wonder perhaps that you don't see the men. They are here. Angels of heaven are around you, for it is written that whenever those who fear the Lord are gathered, the angels God are around you. And a book is written in heaven. So one day when we will be home, in heaven we will find many books and about the many books we will find also the pages written this morning. And I pray to God, that He may fill your heart with His grace, with His peace and with His deep compassion on order that the pages written this morning may be beautiful ones and a blessing to all whom will read them.
I come from a world apart. Romania, my homeland is a Communist country
located in the Communist block, which is one third Communist dominion of
influence. I come from a world of prisons, of slave labor camps.
A world where Christians are put in a silence for mad men. I came from
a world with many, many fears and many, many tears. And whatever
newspapers or even churchmen will tell you, do not forget the tears of
your brethren and of your sisters in Communist countries. There are
thousands of women in Communist prisons; one hundred thousand men.
I don't know if many of us know how to count to one hundred thousand. But
it is very, very much; 1,2,3,4,5 till one hundred; till one thousand, till
one hundred thousand men. Christians, political fighters were put in prisons
and in slave labor camps when the Communists took over Romania and when
the men were put in prison the churches and Christians remained without
pastors. The women, the Christian women did not start to discuss
about rights, they just took over the work. The Communist did not
expect it. They looked amazed. And so we could work nearly
two years and afterwards; after these two years, the Communists did not
look anymore. They gathered the Christian women, and thousands, and
thousands of women were put in prison and slave labor camps.
You have your children, dear sisters. Treasure them. Give them your time. Give your children your heart. Thank God for having them. Give them your best. Give them your Savior. There are dark clouds all over. The Communist would also like to have your children too in their hands. So we worked at this canal. We never knew what day it was. There was no Sunday, no Christmas, no Easter. Sometimes when we worked on the fields, someone would whisper, “It is Sunday”, and you could see the prisoners working and weeping remembering such a beautiful morning when they could be the house of the Lord. How you should treasure your church, your pastors, all the gifts, all the blessings the God has given you. Pray for those who today, thousands and thousands and thousands in the Communist block are somewhere in the snow, freezing, hungry, beaten. Remember them. Pray for them and learn to thank God for the many blessings, which you have.
On such a Sunday, we were reminded it was Sunday. That day we
were brought back to the prison cell and a few Christians wished to read
the bible together. Sometimes I am asked, “But were you allowed in
Communists prisons to read the bible and pray?” We surely were allowed.
We made a deal with our Communists guards. We allowed them to beat
us so they allowed to read the bible and to pray together.
Some had just come from India. India, you know is so very poor, very, very poor. But we were in a gathering of tens of thousands and people, the Christians came with their Bibles. And I stood there and looked and I so envied them; thousands and thousands and thousands coming and everyone with his Bibles. Although they are so poor they had their Bibles and I told them, “Have you ever thought about how rich you are? You hear always speaking about poor India, but have you ever thought how rich you are having the Bible?” It is only in Communists prisons that I understood how rich we are having the Bible.
Altogether there we were so poor. We were so hungry that during the night we could not sleep. We would awake and we would cry, “I am so hungry, I am hungry”, and nobody could help us. We could not sleep so hungry we were. While we were thousands so poor and so hungry. The Christians discovered how rich they are. We could not come with our Bibles as our beloved Indian brethren did, but Christians gathered in their hearts the word of God.
The Communists have taken everything away from us everything; our beloved ones, our children. They put some on the streets without father, without mother. We did not know any thing about them. But they could not take away what we had gathered in our hearts. A little bit of faith, a little bit of hope, and a little bit from the word of God. And we had seen there in Communist Prison, how from one word from the word of God taken out from the heart of a Christian and given to some prisoner in despair; one word from the word of God has brought new light and new hope. Lives were saved from this our richness. You have the Bible dear sisters. Just thank God for having the Bible. Read it, study it and treasure the word of God and gather it in your heart. You can need it very soon. We have seen the greatest richness that we ever could ever had gathered was the word of God and it gave life to those in despair.
Now I told you that being gathered there under the bed, we read the
Bible. We had among us a young Christian lady. She knew whole chapters
from the Old Testament by heart. I wonder how many of you are reading the
Old Testament and I often when I am in the free world among my sisters
I read especially from the Old Testament. It does not happen often that
I take the New Testament just in order to bring this book to your heart.
She knew by heart whole chapters from the Old Testament, but she also knew
chapters 6 & 7 from the book of Acts. And so we were under the
bed and we read Acts chapter 6 about how Stephen, and how he stands before
his enemies and his enemies looked at Stephen and they saw that his face
was beautiful, so beautiful like the face of an angel. This was the
last verse of chapter 6. Please read it again at home. It is a very
interesting chapter. It is written there that Stephen was full with
the Holy Ghost and with the wisdom from God. And when you are full with
the wisdom of God and with the Holy Spirit, no wonder that his face was
beautiful like the face of an angel. And while we finished this chapter
and we started to speak about Stephen, we had among us, we were Christians
altogether, I can assure you there under the bed it was not so comfortable
as it is for you, but it was still it was a corner from paradise.
It is wonderful to pass in the beauty parlor of Jesus, the Son of God, who has given His life for you and wishes to be Lord and master in your heart. He forgives your sins, He takes over your problems. He brings His grace and His peace and His richness in your life. And you become beautiful like the angels in heaven. It is quite a beauty parlor, set apart but the best, which can exist.
And you will read further Acts 7. We see there another picture; the picture of those who were the enemies of Christ and the enemies of Stephen. And you saw how they are described. Ready to throw stones and to put to death Stephen. Righteousness, love from heaven makes you beautiful. Anger, and fight against God and against his people makes you ugly. Remember these two. And I invite you everyone, come into the beauty parlor of Jesus. You need it. Your heart will be washed clean and will be filled with the joy of heaven.
And now I would like to tell you how God loves you. How He knows
everyone of you. First we learned in prison how rich we are. Having such
a Savior and having the Word of God. And now I would like to tell you,
how beloved you are; every one of you. How God knew us. It is written that
Jesus calls those who are His by their name. He calls us by name
that means He knows everyone.
As I told you, our children, we did not know anything about them. Some were on the streets, hungry, eating from the garbage if they found something in the garbage. Mothers did you every think that the children of your sisters in the hands of the Communists, without father, without mother, hungry.
So working at the canal, hungry and sick, we got so weak that we could
not work anymore. So the Communists thought to lure us, and they said,”
If you work, and make such amount of work, (it was very, very hard), you
will be able to see your children”. They will come on such and such a day.
Could any human words express what it meant for us, after, let me say 2
or 3 weeks, you will see your children. Nights and nights we did
not sleep, preparing everyone, the words we will speak with our children.
Because there was only 10 minutes fixed and the guards stood around, we
could not speak whatever we have liked. So during nights we did not
sleep, and prepared the words we would tell our children. Then we
had a very big problem, we were very dirty, and the stones had got our
clothes and made them just like rags. We were ashamed to appear before
our children. We tried to have a scarf from somewhere which went around
to every women, somewhere a skirt in order to appear before our children.
So the nights passed quickly, composing and recomposing and again composing the words we would speak to the children. And the great day came when 2 guards took me out from the prison cell let me say like this room. At the door, I being there stood my son, 2 guards around him. I looked at him. He was so pale so frail, and while I looked at him, he looked at me, and all I had compose at nights and nights, in a second it was forgotten. And I did not know to say one word but neither would him speak. He told me he had prepared something to say. And the minutes passed and the guards were already taking him out, taking him out taking me back to the prison cell. And while I saw him, leaving already, trying to give him my best, perhaps I would never see again, my child so I said, “Mihai, love Jesus with all your heart”. With these words he was taken out, I was brought back to my prison cell. The prisoners, the mothers, the women, came around me, gathered all around me, “How does your child look, what I did he tell you, how is it out in the free world?”
Many, many days I could not speak a word, but after a long time when I was freed, I had the great joy to find my son a young Christian ready to fight for the Kingdom of God. These few words, God has blessed them as a sign of His love. As a sign that we were not forgotten. As a sign that our children were in His care. We have a Savior whose name is wonderful. All Praise be to Him. In Communist prisons, in tears and mocked by the Communists, we have seen the glory of God and there we have understood that our Lord and Master, Jesus, the Son of God, His name is wonderful. Wonderful are His deeds and my very, very beloved ones, wonderful are all those who are His. And may God bless you and may God help you not to forget the beauty parlor. For whosoever takes Jesus in his heart, as Savor, as Lord, as master, as heavenly friend, He will be brought into the beauty parlor of Jesus and the glory of God will shine over him. Not only the Christians have seen it, even Communists saw the glory of God shining over those beaten and tortured by them. And therefore, in our country, in the Communist block we did not have Bibles.
We have changed a song of yours, you sing here, Jesus loves me, and this we have seen,” Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” Since we did not have the Bible, we changed the song, Jesus loves me so, for their faces tells me so.” Hungry, sick, beaten and mocked by the Communists, the faces of the Christians shone with the glory of God, And even Communists could learn this song, “Jesus loves me this I know for there faces tells me so.”
May God bless every one of you? May God fill your heart with His glory
in order that your faces and your life should witness to all those around
you that Jesus the Son of God loves you and loves all those who need Him
as Savor and Lord.
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