"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light" Norman B. Rice
I went to the women's prison yesterday. It's a place I don't like to go. I find it gloomy.... oppressive....dark. But I go b/c I want to give hope....
I talked with some of the women...heard their stories....shared mine. Terrible things happened to many of them...rape, abuse...trauma. Many live with shame and guilt...and the fear of not being able to make it on the outside. Life's been hard. Too much of a fight.
I thought about my own life....I know...nothing is too hard when He comes on the scene....I'm not sure how He does it.....but somehow He takes the hurts...the pain....all the tough stuff....and turns it around. More that than....He even uses it for something good.
As much as I don't like going into the prison....I come home humbled...and a bit changed. It's a funny thing about giving back....it leaves me with this incredible feeling. So I've decided.....I'm going to keep going back to prison to shine His Light.
Carry your candle.....run to the darkness. Go light your world.