Apostles Sang Hymns To God While In Prison

Corrie ten Boom had the opportunity to speak in a prison, and one of the prisoners asked to sing a hymn. God moved mightily through that hymn, both in the prison and in a church the following day.

Following excerpt from 74% into Amazing Love by Corrie ten Boom

It was a great privilege to preach these Glad Tidings also in the prisons. Something happened there among the prisoners. The first time I spoke, one man stood up and said, “Come back again. We understand you and love to hear the things you tell. Please come again. We are not as bad as some people think.” I was permitted to speak several times, and the prisoners were also allowed to hear my four radio addresses. So we learned to know one another quickly. The last time I visited them one prisoner arose and asked, “May we sing, ‘Just as I am, O Lamb of God, I come’?” “Yes,” I replied, “but only those who will truly come to the Savior either for the first time or for recommitment.” As long as I live I shall not forget the faces of those men as they sang, deeply moved, earnestly, yet joyously, “O Lamb of God, I come”. Before the second stanza, I said, “Now only those who wish to possess the fullness of God’s Spirit.” And then again, “Now sing it as a testimony to your neighbour.”

Afterwards, a rough-looking man with unshaven face came up and presented me with a small cedar box. He had worked on it for months. Another prisoner pressed my hand and said, “I am a child of God.”

The warden told me that the prisoners talked all day about what they had heard.

After this visit there was a final meeting in the church. My first talk had been the Sunday before to a handful of people in a basement room. Now the' church was filled with both white and colored people, something that is said to be unusual in Bermuda. The colored sisters and brothers could not restrain their joy. Their “Hallelujah’s” and “Praise the Lord’s” resounded through the church. In conclusion, I announced the same hymn the prisoners had sung, “Just as I am, O Lamb of God, I come”.

I told the audience what had happened in the prison, and added, “They who do not sing this straight from their hearts will be preceded by the prisoners in the kingdom of God.” I knew that the prisoners were listening, because this final meeting was also being broadcast. And what a meeting it was!

Afterwards a white woman came up to me and said, “Do you suppose this is the beginning of the revival for which we have been praying so long?”

Amazing Love

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