There are few things in this world that are more exhilarating than seeing your thoughts come together when you write a letter to a murderer.
What should I say to someone who murdered another man? This guy killed a 22 year old when he would not return the car he lent him for some drugs. He shot him 6 times in the back. Now he is in in prison and been there for nearly 2 years. He just finished his 15th Bible Study. I’ve read his answers and believe God changed his life. Now he begins a new series called Survey of the Bible and I have to grade his first lesson.
As I sat down to write my thoughts filled with important questions, but none to help me write. Is he sincere? Is he genuine? I think of the victim and his family and their losses. How are they doing? I pray for them; I pray for this student. I don’t know what to say to this man.
My job is to simply grade the lesson and write a letter. The task is not difficult, but I sure am! How do I escape my own preconceptions that block my pen?
With a blank sheet of paper still in front of me, I pray. I prayed with a heavy heart asking God to direct me in what to say. After a time of feeling lost, I began to write. Once I start, I keep moving. I watch my thoughts get organized. I watch ideas flood my head. Soon, I finish a 4 page letter that encouraged even me! It contained the richness of God’s Word mixed with everyday experiences; it was life giving. It gave life to me! And seeing the living God answer my prayer like this is exhilarating!
Heb 13:3 Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them…
Will you consider…