As a Christian, not to mention that I have been in prison for more than thirty years, I am better able to understand the pain, grief, and frustration that my fellow prisoners experience as they do their "time" and serve out their sentences...
Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100 reminds me that I am to "Serve the Lord with gladness." In many religions, even those who profess to believe in Jesus Christ but are heavily into performing charitable deeds and good works in order to merit forgiveness and salvation, there's no conception, it seems to me, of what it means to be saved by "grace," and to serve the Lord with gladness as well...
I've been telling some of my fellow prisoners who believe in Christ that there are times in our lives when we're going to be afflicted and challenged by what I would call, for want of a better term, "The Four D's." These are Doubt, Disappointment, Discouragement, and the Devil...
This afternoon I left my cell block to take a walk in the bright sunshine. I needed time outdoors after a busy morning...
As a father pities his children,
so the Lord pities them that fear Him.
A father's love for his children is a wonderful thing. And I serve a God who is a loving Father. I've experienced His love, and I know it's real...
And Jesus said, "Who touched me?"
I could only imagine what it must have been like for the woman who had an "issue of blood" to have touched the hem of the Lord's garment as He passed by...
It was a very productive day for me. This afternoon, when I was at work in E-North, the building which houses the inmates who belong to the Intermediate Care Program, I was able to have several good conversations with different men...
Going into the prison's Intermediate Care Program (ICP Unit) during the weekdays is a good experience. I enjoy talking with the guys and, if I could be of help to any of them, it is a pleasure. It's also my job...
Today marks forty years since my Mother, Pearl, died of cancer at the age of 52...
During the evening yard period I met up with a 25 year old man from Suffolk County by the name of Chris. He was back on a parole violation after having been released from prison earlier this year...
Fight the good fight of faith,
lay hold on eternal life, whereunto
thou art also called, and hast professed
a good profession before many witnesses.
I Timothy 6:12
My life, just like the times and seasons, belongs to the Lord. And as I take personal inventory of myself, I see many areas which need improvement...