Confinement Challenges – Part One

Heartfelt thanks extend to those who lovingly engage in prison ministries. Confined “residents” certainly benefit from such care and attentiveness. The visits help to handle some of the mundane aspects of being incarcerated. Yep, the residents welcome escapes from their routines and standard operating procedures.

Undoubtedly, prison ministries are worthwhile for the visitors and for the residents. Sharing and caring aids in all environments. Some residents don’t receive any other visitors and thus, they especially look forward to the times when prison ministry folks arrive to encourage and to share of God’s love.

We have no idea how many people are in jails and prisons for crimes that they didn’t commit. My heart grieves for instances of that type. We’ve read and heard reports of legal defenses that succeeded in having convictions removed for innocent folks, some of whom spent years being held for what they’d been wrongly convicted of doing. Truly, we have no full fledged awareness of what their experiences were like. It’s indeed heartening to know of the lawyers who worked, in earnest, often bro bono, to get innocent people freed. Likely, some of those subject folks received visits from prison ministry stewards.

It’s striking relative to the people who are serving time simply because of their beliefs that include religious and political expressions and stances. The Bible gives the account of John the
Baptist who, for his righteous posture, was confined and literally lost his head for rebuking the king. Also, in the Bible, we read of the apostle Paul being jailed for sharing the gospel message. How inspiring/encouraging to read what it says in Acts 16:25 – KJV about Paul and Silas. “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”

We gain further encouragement from the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:36 – KJV. “ . . . I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

Yes, there are challenges of all sorts involved in confinement challenges — regardless — God loves, and rules . . .

Huge thanks for that blessed assurance and so much more.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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