Monday, March 17, 2008

Into His Wonderful Light

Thank you to those who had time to pray last week. What a total blessing it was! Opening up God's word with women who are so hungry to learn is such a privilege. The responsibility weighs heavy on me each week and I don't take it lightly, so if you ever feel led to pray for us on Wednesday and/or Thursday nights, that would be tremendous.

We have a variety of women prisoners show up. Some have been coming each week for a long time, some are new, some show up just to see what is going on. Last week we had a lady, very visibly pregnant come for the first time. One woman comes in a wheel chair each week.

I don't know what crimes anyone committed to get them in this prison. But I know that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This is not just rhetoric that we can quote and shrug and go on with our day.

It is truth. All of us deserve punishment from a righteous God. These women's sins happened to be illegal in our society and so their consequence is prison time.

Last week, one of the questions I asked the group in the process of our study was, " What are the sinful desires that wage war in your soul?"

In a bible study on the "outside", I probably would have heard answers such as, "Gossiping. Anger. Coveting." etc. Good, tried and true suburban answers.

These are the actual answers that were called out this evening on the inside, "Lust. Murder. Addiction. Rage. Orgies. Alcoholism. Adultery. Lying. Incest.

It breaks my heart to think of what they must have lived through in their lives to have those answers ready to shout out.

Then we discussed 1st Peter 2:2-12, and how God has called us out of that darkness and into His wonderful light, and how we can live such good lives that even our non-believing cellies (roommates) may notice and give glory to God.

Good times. Really good times.
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