Behind Prison Walls

There was excitement, yet a bit of uncertainty for this little group of children.

This day they would spend much-needed time with their dads behind prison walls.

Yes, most of them visit regularly,

but this would be much different.

Today they would be daddies and kids, just the way it should be.

There would be lots of hugging and enjoying one another.

There would be fun games and crafts and dancing and singing and loving up on each other.

Today they could set aside the circumstances

and just be together.

It was my first time inside a prison.

I thought it would be harder than it was.

Yet, other than having to wait for doors to unlock,

it was like being anywhere else.

God’s love was shared in so many different ways.

No one there can now say they haven’t heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was spoken in words and in deeds.

As a volunteer with Forgiven Ministry’s One Day With God program,

I went to be a blessing to someone else.

What I found were many blessings for myself.

It was such a privilege to watch dads who have made some huge mistakes stand before their sons

and encourage them.

And to watch those dads dance with their precious daughters caused many tears to stream down our faces.

Then there were the blessings the fathers spoke over their children.

So very moving.

I couldn’t help but think of all the children whose dads are not incarcerated,

yet spend little time with their children.

And how many dads truly encourage their sons

or dance with their daughters?

What about speaking a blessing over them?

We all need to know we are important and

we are loved!

Not all walls are concrete and barbed wire.

What walls separate you from the relationship you could have with your children?

We all make mistakes.

Some more costly than others.

Eric understands the price Ethan is paying.

Eric wants a second chance.

He wants to make things right for Ethan.

He wants to be a hands-on dad for him.

Isn’t that what we all really want – a second chance?

I am so thankful we serve a God of second chances

and third chances

and tenth chances

and hundredth chances!

And I so thankful for the opportunity to serve Him in this small way.

Lives were touched.

Lives were changed.

Some will never be the same.

It was a Spirit-filled day!

God was at work and He let me watch!

Lots of love, Sharon

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