As I mentioned earlier, the format has changed in maximum security. I now meet with the men one-on-one instead of in groups. Even in this setting the men will be in handcuffs locked to a waist-chain.
In order to protect their privacy I will do less blogging; and when I do write it will be composites of discussions over a period of time rather than weekly discussions with individuals.
This is the scripture I’ve been sharing recently, written to a people in captivity. Consider if you were incarcerated, what would it be like to read these words?
Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity….”
How would it be read by someone in jail who is getting released to a drug treatment program in a few weeks?
How would it be read by the man who has never been to prison, but has just now been sentenced?
How would it be read by the man is going back to prison, but this time as a lifer – life without parole?