May 3, 2024

Peeling off the dead weights (Part 4)

by Jennifer Johnson (author's profile)
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FrJohn Posted 4 days, 22 hours ago. ✓ Mailed 4 days, 20 hours ago   Favorite
Something you said made me remember something someone said to me in jail with a straight face. I was asked, "Do you know why most people leave Jesus behind in jail?" I said, "No." The reply was, "So he is there when they get back." I did not laugh. After a pregnant uncomfortable pause, the fella laughed heartily. I don't think I will ever forget that moment. Of all the people I have ministered to over ten years, I know one who attends Church weekly. I'm talking one, of hundreds. Does this keep me from continuing to minister to those inside? No. In the world of steel and concrete, everyone who needs a non-judgmental listening ear, deserves to have just that. Now sometimes, the newly freed continue asking for guidance outside, but by text, or phone, or email. It takes someone who cares, for it to happen like that. Authenticity cannot be faked. Either a minister, ministers like Christ, or he or she does not. Unconditional love is hard to find and you will not find it in therapy or in the probation or parole system (or let me reword that, it is rare.) A minister can answer in clear language. Listening for God (at least for urgent needs) is a process most newly freed just don't have the time or aptitude for. I understand you see things from the inside out, but let me assure you, most people's perspectives shift once outside. I can't say why, only that I have observed it again and again. May God bless you in your endeavor to be that person getting out who is the same inside.

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