Not every prisoner can be as ready to accept the sacrifice of confinement as Bonhoeffer was. Let us us remember them all at Christmas time in this prayer shared with us by a prison chaplain.
We pray for every imprisoned person who misses their family, who cannot hold their children or visit their parents, who this Christmas will be surrounded not by loved ones but by inmates who have no way out. These are people whose special holiday dinner is served on cafeteria trays, by people who are paid to be there. We give thanks that the gift of the Christ-child on Christmas morning is not controlled by human hands, not stopped by locks or bars but poured out by your special grace. AMEN.