Lord God, I thank you for your love, grace and mercy.
“yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)
This past weekend, from Thursday afternoon –Sunday evening I spent serving on the Kairos Prison team that went into Limestone Correctional Facility. We spent this time in the prison sharing meals, our life stories, listening to those of the inmates, sharing our love for them and sharing the love of Jesus. All the men in the prison are suffering the consequences of bad decisions they made in their life.
In the sharing with the inmates at our last time together before we left the prison, one theme was the most prevalent in the inmates stories, love, or the lack of it. Most of the men, men who have built up walls of strength around them as required to survive in prison, with tears running down their face said they had never experienced love like this before in their life. Or they said they had forgotten a long time ago what real love felt like. They also said they wish they had a person show them this kind of love when they were growing up, a mentor, someone to look up to who showed them love and taught them how to model love and Christian values. They probably would not be in prison now if they did.
Unfortunately, there are many children, young men and women, single mom’s, children’s of single parents, single men in our communities that have not experienced love or have a mentor in their life. You could be that person that “if only someone had shown me love and taught me how to love” that changes the direction of a person’s life. We may not all be called to lead large congregations, however we are all called and capable to open our hearts, our home, and invest margins of time to love and mentor one or two men or women.
My family, I pray as you start this week, you pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you to the one or more persons you can simply love, share life, mentor and intentionally invest time in their life. In Jesus name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!
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Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower
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