Prisoners of Christ
GET IN TOUCH
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up Ecclesiastes 4: 10
First, I want to express my gratitude for the Grace given unto me. This is a concise portion of my testimony of unconditional love and how God so graciously rescued me. I came from the single parent home of a loving mother who gave her all but unfortunately, I failed to see that then. I drifted away from that God - designed parental authority; I was going to do it my way, associating with the ones my mother counseled me to avoid. I was young, foolish, and chased things I would later regret. By the age of 18 I was a fruit of rebellion. God said; "Be not decieved, He will not be mocked, whatsoever is sowed will be reaped." In December of 1976 I took a man's life. It was not intentional but it happened and I was resposbible. That's the day I realized I had a conscience; I had never felt such guilt. It was a heaviness I will always remember and the feeling led me to get on my knees asking God to forgive what I had done. In 1977 I was convicted and sentenced to life with 25 years mandatory before eligibility for parole. Spending 35 years and some change in prison was my potter's wheel and indeed the potter worked a work in me. (Philippians 1:6)
January 15, 2013 I was granted parole (which is defined also as grace). My desire was to acclimate in a structured setting. Prisoners of Christ opened their arms prior to being released. I came here with a T-Shirt, short pants, a pair of Air Jordans too tight on my feet, and the famous blue bag, with less than $50 to my name on the Greyhound. POC staff was there to meet me with compassion and open arms. It's been almost 18 months. I am still here at POC, growing in the daily classrooms where God teaches and continues to shape me on the potter's wheel. Today I am working with the ministry, giving back where unconditional love was given to me. I am reminded each day of a saying; Grace is when God gives us what we don't deserve. Mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve. That fit me exactly, God Bless and may we ever be reminded that the grace brought to us and bought for us by Christ Jesus. Amen.