A new year has begun.
I wish I could say that I was awake and on my knees
until the wee hours of the morning spending the time on New Year's Eve in
fervent prayer. Actully I went to sleep early.
Last night I was very tired and exhausted. I slept through the usual
jailhouse merriment which consisted of nothing more than a handful of guys
screaming "Happy New Year!" at the top of their lungs.
Generally, in prison, there are seldom many open displays
that people on the outside normally experience. Holidays such as Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year's are usually quiet and uneventful. In here these
holidays are very subdued, but they're not somber.
Presently, because of the alleged reports about the
of a terrorist attack happening on United States soil, New York's
is back to a "Code Orange Alert."
Like the last time the Code Orange level was declared,
closed its doors to all the civilian volunteer ministers who come here to teach
their Bible classes or to conduct worship services.
Thus almost all of our daily chapel events have been
cancelled. All of
the ministers have been ordered to stay out.
Don't ask me the logic of this. But this
has happened before, and the
cancellations of most of our services and studies will continue until this Code
Orange is reduced back down to a mellow Yellow.
(c)2004 David Berkowitz