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I just talked with a man that told me he was anxious to go to the Penitentiary. He has been in the local jail for over two years, he has already been sentenced and now he is waiting for his time to leave.

For those that may not understand why he would be anxious to go to the Pen. Let me let me just say, in the local jail there isn’t much room to move about unless you are a trustee, then of course you are still somewhat limited. In the Penitentiary there is comparably more freedom. At least there is the ability to go outside once in a while whereas in the local jail you can’t really even see outside.

The man I’m talking about used to be in the Sunday night Bible study Brian Coatney and I conduct. For reasons unknown to me he stopped coming maybe because of another inmate I’m not sure. Either way I was glad to see him and speak with him briefly. He has had an especially rough way to go since being incarcerated, but I can’t tell too much because I want to keep his business his business. Let me just say he has had to deal with the death of two of his family members while being in jail. I’m not here to say whether he is guilty or innocent of his charges, but I do know he has gone through things these last two years most of us will never have to face.

When he told me he was anxious to go to the Penitentiary I said, “I bet you are.” I have known a few guys at the jail that have become restless while awaiting there departure time. It reminded me of the story of Mary and her sister Martha. Jesus told Martha she was anxious or “worried about many things but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Of course the good part Mary had chosen was to sit at Jesus’ feet which is the one thing I pray this man in jail will continue to do.

In the letter to the Philippians Paul wrote to them and said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

As I turned to leave the conversation with this man he told me he was ready to go to the Penitentiary, but he was also going to keep working on his appeal. The last thing he said was “I’m still keeping the faith.” I told him I was glad to see him, shook his hand and walked away. I walked through two doors a mere twenty feet away into the hallway and out into the parking lot. I pray he will continue to sit at Jesus’ feet no matter where life may take him. I know with Christ he can be an overcomer even from behind bars.

Written by Louie


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