March 29, 2015

Zech 9_12

Zechariah 9:9-12

Glenna’s (fictitious name) brilliant blue eyes and dark hair softly fell in loose curls around her shoulders in stark contrast to the orange jumpsuit that had encompassed her wardrobe for the last ten years. Prison walls isolated her from a world of empty promises, abuse, drugs and alcohol; a world where choices were made that could never be revoked.

Every week, she would sit in the same pew of the humble chapel. Her Bible in her hands, the pages tattered and worn with two pictures, both of her children when they were two and three years old. They must be teenagers by now. Both as beautiful as their mother, I’m sure. Glenna hadn’t seen them since she had been incarcerated.

I wondered what that must be like, guilty and convicted, not being able to see your children grow and mature into young women. I imagined sadness and regret, depression and loneliness. However when I looked in her eyes I saw only a radiant peace. This peace originated in her acceptance of her guilt, and from knowing by God’s grace, she was a “prisoner of hope” Zechariah 9:12, totally entangled and ensnared by the sure and certain hope that Christ forgives, restores and strengthens.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for giving us hope. May we too find healing and restoration in your gracious presence. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt, Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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One Response to March 29, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    There are tales of inmates in Ohio prisons who have come to know Jesus. To be discipled by men who are willing to go in on a weekly basis to disciple them. Afterward, they look for someone that they can disciple. One man was up for and granted his parole. He requested to stay an additional week to finish discipling another, the family found he was due parole and came in to express their concerns, not wanting this to happen. His parole was denied as he spent that extra week. He took it in stride saying that God must want him to stay to continue to disciple more incoming inmates. His freedom was and is still in Jesus.

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