Richard Wurmbrand was a Lutheran pastor who spent years in prison in Communist Romania for his faith. Two and a half of these prison years were spent in solitary confinement. He decided not to waste that time so he set about forming a daily routine. Central to this were extended periods of prayer at night. He said that these times alone with God were rarely without tears; often tears of thankfulness. There were times he would burst with joy. At that time he discovered a beauty in Christ that he had never known before.
On one occasion when Wurmbrand arrived home from a spell in prison he greeted his wife saying, ‘Before we kiss, I must say something. Don’t think I’ve simply come from misery to happiness! I’ve come from the joy of being with Christ in prison to the joy of being with Him in my family.’