how he is, but most of all, who he is. I can’t change the choices he made, and while I
once allowed those choices to become my own, I now use them every day as a reason tolive my life to the fullest and succeed on both of our halves….
“Victor,” the inmate-brother of Cherie whom she refers to above, shared thisessay of hers to the chaplain at the prison before Victor was baptized there. Perhapsthe poignant feelings she expressed broke through to him and had something to dowith his request for this sacrament. Maybe she’s still wondering where he is,whether he’s still a “lost soul.” At the end, she added a note that challenges him andall of us:
“Victor, this is something random that I found in my notebook when I was trying to write you a letter a while back:“I write to you with my eyes closed because I’m scared to look at what I can’t control: you, you, you, you, you, you, you…Sleepless with words said, but not said right, stirring inside me.Said, but better described unsaid in their clumsy, ill-formed existence. I fall asleep with my pen in my hand, trying to write you a new life. More scribbles than words, where to start? And I’m sorry I can’t be more bothered by not knowing where you are tonight, but it’s an uncertainty you’ve made so frequent, I’ve come to accept it as certainty.So used to living around your absence that your presence becomes jarring.Your voice on the line, your face in the door, like a visit from a ghost. And I swear I’m going to live happily to spite you. For you. I once wrote you: I challenge you to really find something to die for, and then to live for it.”
Such powerful words from an inmate’s sister!How great to have someone who loves you likethis! And yet, can this kind of love berejected? How many people in the city aresuffering over the lives of the men and womenwho are serving time? These “ripple effects”in the lives of the offenders’ families beg to beaddressed. (See end of newsletter for ourplans).You can see and hear these two peopleseeking a path in life. On the one hand aprisoner in a cell being visited by Jesus.Where he went after this experience is aquestion. Is it possible to reject a visitationfrom the Lord? Sure. We do it all the time.How to find our way back to him is thechallenge. Try to get down on your knees and