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Last night I received a call from a friend of mine who attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She told me that God wanted her to share with me her testimony that she believes God is real, Jesus is the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit is present among us and He put on her heart to let me know that my prayers have been received.  WOW!  I mean, WOW!!  God is redeeming His people!

I share this because the conversation brought me to tears, and that there is Hope.  All too often we dismiss those of other faiths, or those within our own, as lost with no true salvation.  Last fall I was sharing with a gentleman my prison/jail ministry, and out of the blue he told me that Jesus had saved him from addiction and homosexuality.  He is currently three plus years clean, sober and bondage free.

I’ll never forget the time I was serving on a Great Banquet/Walk to Emmaus/Cursillo weekend at Vienna, IL.  While being prayed out after my talk, one of the men thanked God “for taking a complete a$#@e and making him into a man of God”, and it was true.  God did, and continues to do so.  Even though we may give up on people who are still in their struggle with the world, God never will.  Quite often when an inmate is released, and I’m present, he or she will thank me for helping them.  I usually tell them if they think I did something, it was Jesus.  I’m just another beggar sharing the bread I found along the path.

Hopefully, by the time you read this, we will be on our way out of COVID-19, praising God for His saving Grace and for the lives we have.  And, we will be praying to use these lives to better the land we live in.  The next time you encounter someone you think needs God’s help, remember we all do, and that Jesus said we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give water to those who thirst, heal the sick, and visit those in prison.  Not everyone’s prison is material.  Some are cloaked in darkness.  We need to reveal the Light.  Get out there, serve, and pray.  Someone’s life is depending upon it.  It may be yours.

On the Inside, in more ways than one,

Pete