“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
I went on my first trip to the jail yesterday. What can I say? So many emotions and thoughts. The guys and ladies were polite and cordial. The Officers were polite and cordial as well.
A few had hit rock bottom and were searching for answers. Many seemed content with where they were in their spiritual life. Some wanted general prayers and others were quite specific.
All of them are like brothers and sisters. Their crime doesn’t matter, they all need to have a relationship with God.
They’re no different than you or I. I saw people in a rough spot due to their bad decisions. We run into people in rough spots all the time…sometimes because of their bad decisions, sometimes not. But one thing remains the same: we all need a relationship with God.
My book has been circulating in there. It looked beat-up and worn, thumbed through, tossed around and picked up again. One man is excited to get my next book. The book created an in, a way to share the Gospel. That was one of its many intents.
To reach the broken, we must allow them to see our own brokenness. And the beauty of a restored soul.