I am mush! Totally! Completely! My dogs are wondering what's wrong. They won't get off of me. They keep staring at my face. They don't understand. They wish they could do something.
I just got the news. One of my Life with Parolers was up for a parole hearing today. Her end of sentence date is logged as: 00/00/0000.... meaning that there is NO end of sentence.
Of course, "Life with Parole" is better than "Life Without".... because it means that parole is possible.
This sweet lady has been locked behind bars for 15 years. She's a 57 year old white woman paying for a crime that she once committed. Her mom is in her 90's. Her hope for this hearing is to get out in order to go take care of the one person that has been so faithful to her during the hard for so many years.. She told me that she wants to let her mom know that she's okay before her mom leaves this world to go home to the next one. Who can blame her? I'd want to too.
And now... just a little while ago I heard that her parole had been GRANTED!!!! I'm beside myself! I've cried like an idiot since! And if this is my reaction, you've got to wonder about hers! I won't be allowed to, but I so wish I could see her today!!!
She has great hopes for us when she's released. She has plans to open up a half-way house with me one day. Who would have thought? Who would have figured? Who would have planned it??? IF not for God! I can soo see it being part of our future! Wonder what that day will feel like then?
Today is another proof of one of my favorite verses that I quote often on here: "The LORD hears the needy and does not despise His captive people." - Ps 69:33.
I'll close with this one, a perfect picture of our LORD, Isaiah 61:1-3, "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor."
Dear Lord, thank You for feelings. Thank for tears that cry for another's souls joy. Thank You for sending Your Son to die to save us, to give us Life, to ransom and to redeem and to restore! Thank You for seeing those imprisoned, for loving them, and for working as hard as You do to set the captives free! Thank You for loving my friend, for helping to heal her, for wooing her to You, for whoa-ing her with Your wonders. Let her feel You close to her when she gets out. Show her Your way. Protect her path. And may her life be a total Display of Your Splendor! In the blessed name of Jesus, how I thank YOU. Amen!