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But wounds created pity that reached each darkened heart. She lived with noble purpose, and suffered not in vain, for the life that wrong had stricken in Christ soared high again! 3. Yes, the bird with the broken pinion could othersТ sorrows share, and the life that wrong had stricken raised many from despair. Each loss has its Compensation, thereТs Balm for every bane--, see the bird with the broken pinion? SheТs soaring high again! 4. For the soul that comes to Jesus is healed of evТry hurt, and the heart that fully trusts Him shall be with glory girt. Then come to the dear Redeemer, HeТll take away the pain. By the grace He freely giveth, You shall soar high again! _____________________ *Lyrics revised by R. Ginther from УThe Bird With the Broken Pinion,Ф H. Butterworth and P.B, Arr. by F.M. Lamb, from THE CHRISTIAN CHOIR, revised and enlarged. Dear Kathleen and Ray, This morning I was thinking of the young woman in China, her story given in Nora LamТs book about persecution of Christians there, who was a devout Christian and an accomplished pianist. Her parents were also devout, and they were taken away by the authorities and imprisoned and tortured. She did not see them again, and remained at home. Then MaoТs Cultural Revolution, so-called , viciously struck at the Уolds,Ф which were traditions that had made China great in the past, and Christianity fell into that category, so the young woman did not escape and was tortured in her home and her hands beaten into pulp with an iron bar so that she would never play the piano again. What can be done to restore her or heal her hurt? The crime against her cries to heaven, does it not? I was thinking of her story this morning, and also I bring to mind the recent book by Paul Marshall, highly acclaimed as one of the ten best Christian books of 1998 by CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine, *which documents persecution of Christians world-wide. I also have been thinking much this past year of my own mother, who was wronged just as terribly--not persecuted for her faith, but wronged, nevertheless, since she was sexually molested by a trusted friend of her parents. Unable to shame them, since they trusted the man, she kept the secret for eighty years, but the pain never fully healed. Finally, the dreadful truth came from her, I believe by the LordТs own releasing of it, so that healing could be brought to her life-long hurt. I revised the song you published in your magazine because it was not sin on my motherТs part, but a wrong perpetrated against her innocence that made her suffer and, for her parentsТ sake, caused her to carry the cross of the secret for eight decades. I trust the creators of the lyrics and melody will not rise up in wrath against me for this revision, since with the changes I put in it fits my motherТs case more exactly. I can testify that she HAS soared despite her handicap, because Christ enabled her to soar above the wrong done her so long ago. Loving and trusting the Lord as much as she does, she forgave him, and she did not harbor bitterness, although the wrong caused her so much pain. God has somehow used this wrong and her self-sacrifice to fashion an incredibly effective soul-winner and healer of hurting people. She recently led another soul to the Lord, a life-long alcoholic man who in his dazed state would strike out violently at people. She has reached out to countless hard cases like him, drawing them in with her humility and sacrificial love--soaring in Christ while carrying this broken pinion! Since I believe the recent self-revelation of the crime that occurred 80 years ago was the Lord bringing it forth for His divine purpose--a proof of this is that afterwards she tried to make herself believe she had not said anything, but I was present to hear her say what had happened to her on the farm in South Dakota--there must be a complete healing intended for her before she goes on to the Lord in heaven. Why else would it be revealed, when her reaction to the incident when I reminded her later of it shows she really did not intend to reveal it even now, eighty years after the event? Truly, God pulled out the truth, and the reason must be for the sake of healing. She has healed many, been GodТs instrument of love and pity and grace for countless sin-sick and suffering souls, and now itТs her turn. She soared despite her maimed wing, but now she shall be healed and soar without the old accompanying pain and hurt. I do not claim to know how the Lord will bring this complete healing about. I am just expecting Him to do it, since I am unable as one person to do it myself. He who created the wing, knows how to mend it. I, however, can ask you to pray. And I cannot help but think that there may be others who will gain by this account of my motherТs case and turn to Christ for healing. Sincerely in Christ, *the book should be read by every Christian, so that Americans can bring pressure to bear on the governments that are persecuting our brothers and sisters in other countries. If we do not inform ourselves about it, it will go on and on, and possibly get worse. 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