In spite of my own struggles and the difficult and
disappointing situations I seem to be encountering these days,
the Lord has been granting me precious opportunities to touch
the lives of my peers.
The hardships a man faces while incarcerated
It's more than being confined to a cell for a certain number of
hours per day. It's more than having to eat bad quality food
or being far from one's home.
Death, for example, is a special enemy
for a prisoner.
Everyone has to face death, of course. But I am referring to
the passing away of a man's loved ones.
The pain of losing a family member is by
far the worst of
Just this month I've had opportunities
to help two men who
have suffered devastating losses. Their grief has been clearly
etched on their faces, and I don't blame them for showing it.
One of these men has been in prison for
years. Then came the news that his wife died suddenly, and
was not prepared.
While another man lost his last remaining
His uncle, whom he was very close to, died unexpectedly from a
heart attack. Now he's alone, and he told me how frightened he
is to now have no one beyond these walls.
Both of them have cried in my arms. The men from my
chapel fellowship have also been helping them to cope. All
could do is pray for these guys and try to be there for them in
their times of need and deep hurt.
April 25, 2005