Little Easter! For many who participate in Lent, Sundays are a feast day, a day to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. I quite intentionally will not be wearing the orange uniform on Sundays so that we can focus on and rejoice in the freedom and release and liberation that comes from God. In spite of all of the harsh, overwhelming realities that I have been sharing these past few days, we have hope. And this hope is available to us right now through the power of God over evil and death most evident in Jesus’s resurrection. May we have eyes of resurrection faith to see how God’s love sets us free from the chains of our own making and magnificently brings life from death.
I have 3 children. An 8 year old daughter, 6 year old daughter, and almost 3 year old son. It has been both challenging and quite rewarding to attempt to explain to them what I am doing and why I am doing it. What I have told them is that God loves prisoners. And so should we. That prisoners are not bad people. Yes, many of them have made bad decisions (but not all of them, as my kids pointed out that some innocent people end up in prison!), but that never keeps them from God’s love. And if we can’t love them, then we don’t know God’s love for ourselves. There’s really not much more to it than that. God loves prisoners, and so should we.
Mostly it’s just been, “Oh Daddy’s in orange again.” But when I hear the words, “I want to wear orange like Daddy”, I am filled with courage and strength. May the message, purpose, and action spread in the name of Jesus and in the power of God’s love that sets us free.
“For God makes God’s sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45b
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through God who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Please check back a bit later for Perry’s story, a story about Grace.