August 8, 2007
Dear Email Friends
One more letter to our brothers and sisters in prison.
How are things going?
I'm sitting here answering phone calls at our store switchboard which
me time to help with any sewing jobs. Now I am sewing on a quilt
for a lady who has bad arthritis and is unable to finish the quilt
It's kind of a bittersweet situation; bitter, because her arthritis is
robbing her of the satisfaction of birthing something from start to
I think about how she is somehow cheated of the therapeutic value
The sweet side, in a roundabout way, is that God has allowed her life
bless me by giving my life much needed purpose and an opportunity to be
part of helping her out.
Similarly, God is allowing your life to give my life a purpose.
you said that you struggled with a drug addiction, I thought about how
keeps opening my spiritual eyes to how everything about this life -
weird existence we're all battling our way through - is
I struggled with addictions to pot, sex, and "you - name- it" for
I still struggle at times, although those things pull on me less as
goes on. It all doesn't magically go away at the snap of a
If it did, then I wouldn't need God. As painful as looking at
can be at times, I'm grateful that God has shown, and keeps showing me,
a self-righteous, arrogant person I am. Thank God He's very
and faithfully keeps working with and humbling me, although many times
had to spiritually thump me pretty hard over my head. I know I'm
getting a healing by picking up my spiritual cross daily and dying out
my old self. Hopefully, gradually, I am gaining a little more of
and the Kingdom of God inside of me.
This morning, in our daily meeting, we were talking about how people
so spiritually hungry that they are starving. For over 35 years,
has constantly been feeding us, both spiritually and physically.
this awesome prison outreach is happening because of Marie's life and
she has been through. She is teaching us how to feed others the
and the encouraging message of how God's Kingdom is attainable in the
and now, not some place we have to wait, until "Neither shall they say,
here! or ,lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."
Karina, when there are times where you feel so incredibly lonely and
just know, oddly enough, that these are the times when God is drawing
to you. He wants you to get addicted to Him just like He keeps
with me. He will help you walk through those dark tunnels to the
And just like He keeps filling me with each purpose to keep fighting
living in Him, He'll do the same for you. I pray these things for
and that God wraps His awesome arms around your mother and your son
Whose beautiful name reminds me of the angel.
Until next time, God bless you sweet friend.