Tuesday, March 8, 2011
May he rot in hell.
Many there be which say of my soul
There is no help for him in God
But thou, oh Lord are a shield for me
My glory and the lifter of my head
How many times have you heard this from the lips of the angry, suffering victim of a crime after they were interviewed? May they rot, (or burn) in hell. Anger is a typical response toward someone who has hurt you or one of your family, or a close friend.
We at Hope Aglow are intimately acquainted with the suffering that goes on inside prisons. Prison is a daily reminder of the harm that has been done, and the consequences. God will forgive you, but quite often your victim or their family, will not.
It is difficult. It takes a lot of grace to deal with the magnitude of what has been done, and to be able to forgive yourself when the whole world hates you. It is very hard to lift a prisoner's head. Only God can do it.
Many of the men and women in prison are themselves struggling with a need to forgive parents or caregivers who victimized them during their childhood. Many of them have so much anger, hurt and resentment inside, so much pain. It's hard for us to understand. Actually we cannot, we can only pray to the God who sees- El Roi. He is just,completely true, holy and fair.
God hears the groans of the prisoner. He is very close to the brokenhearted. This is where healing begins, at the point of brokenness. This is why the gospel is so vital inside a jail.