"Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.'"Psalm 107:43
Surviving the prison environment calls for an outpouring of grace. I spend my days in the company of many people with whom I would not otherwise interact. You may find the same to be true in your workplace, your church, or your neighborhood. God teaches you and I to see every person as a candidate for His lavish grace.
I started to learn about walking in God’s grace two years before I came to prison; however, my years here have driven me to rely deeply on that grace. My loved ones have struggled as I’m powerless to help and limited in the comfort or understanding I can offer. Their struggles often are tied to the consequences of my behavior, which put me here in the first place. Watching others bear the cost of my actions could almost take away my hope and crush my spirit entirely. But He reminds me that His grace is sufficient – His strength perfect in my weakness (2Corinthians 12:9). I rest in knowing that the One who bore the entire cost for my sins loves me and renews my hope daily. He will do the same for you!
His grace is sufficient for me!
All my need He'll provide,
and my steps Homeward guide;
and in death I shall sing,
as I rest 'neath His wing.
(R. McNaughton, 1901)