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  • In Jail

    1 posts, 1 voices, 346 views, started Feb 4, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      In Jail    - Feb. 4, 2009

      Had my picture taken the other night—in a jail cell.  

      Being charged and locked up behind bars is a humiliating experience.
      Handcuffs, block walls, locked doors, thorough strip and body search,
      confiscation of personal valuables, narrow hallways, bars, a prison
      cell, stainless steal toilets, concrete bunks, rattling keys, the click
      of the lock and then a camera that monitors your every movement in a 6’
      x 10’ cell. There is no privacy. In case of trouble, a guard merely
      calls for help by touching any part of a 3’ high yellow strip running
      along the hallways. Access to a lawyer or relative is possible through
      an enclosed glass partition. Dignity and self-worth slowly ebb away. It
      is replaced with tears, anger, bitterness and a loss of self-respect.
      How futile is your predicament, how bleak is your situation. Your spirit
      is strangled, your hope is all but extinguished. Gone are those days
      when you could run after rainbow dreams in childish innocence: mother’s
      arms, a first date, the new set of wheels, a football game or that great

      A good lawyer may be able to free you from “the morgue,” but swallowing
      that bitter pill behind bars will last a lifetime. Perhaps you are
      imprisoned in relationships, chained to addiction, social castes or
      pornography. There is a way out for you as you awaken and see the same
      familiar surroundings. Yes, because of our human conditions, Jesus
      Christ swallowed your bitter pill by dying on the cross to give us that
      dignity that God wants you to have. He is able to give you a new spirit,
      and a new inner joy. He is better than any lawyer as He fills your life
      with hope and peace. God sets prisoners free by giving sight to the
      blind, food to the hungry, and lifting us up as we are discouraged
      (Psalm 146:7,8).  

      A suggested prayer:
      "God, these four walls surround and bar me, enclosing me from within. I
      feel worthless, without hope and I ask You to renew a right spirit
      within me. I am sorry for the misery that I have caused You and I thank
      You for swallowing that bitter pill by dying on the cross 2,000 years
      ago to redeem me from my sadness. I ask You to come into my life, fill
      me with hope and show me how I must live for You. Amen."

      Contributed by George Prins.


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