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Truth AND Consequences

November 18, 2013


“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”            Philippians 4: 4-7

I visited Matthew at jail again today.  He was happy to report that a 10 year felony weapons charge was dismissed.  He is still looking at up to 4 years back in prison, but was very relieved that his most serious charge was dropped.  We were both glad that this visit did not take place in the normal visiting area behind security glass, but instead we met in the finger printing room and were able to be face to face to exchange hugs and grasp hands in prayer.

Matthew was quite weepy and emotional during our visit stating that he was very anxious and worried about his future and the prison time he is facing.  However, he also reports that he was feeling very accepted, encouraged and loved by the Lord. He has been faithfully reading the Gospel of John I gave him and also praying often.  I assured him that having mixed emotions was extremely normal, and to be expected, in his given situation.  

We spent the rest of our time together reading through and discussing Philippians Chapter 4 and then taking action about what we had just read by praying and releasing our cares, burdens and worries to Jesus.  As we prayed peace flooded the room and our hearts.  It was an undeniable feeling that we both sensed, acknowledged and welcomed.  Before I left Matthew revealed to me that he really did not remember much about his arrest, because he had tried to overdose and had blacked out only to awake in jail.  I encouraged him to be humble, totally honest, and sincere with his lawyer and the judge.  Matthew affirmed that he would be.  I told him once again that following Jesus would not make all his consequences magically disappear, but that Jesus would be with him as he accepted and surrendered to whatever the consequences may be.  Matthew nodded in agreement as the guard took him away and as he left the room I told him that hundreds of people from around the world are praying for him.  He smiled!  I then left the jail feeling very good about this visit.  I am so glad that I took the care and time over the years to forge relationship with this family.

Love and……

Kirk Out !





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  1. Skylla Moon permalink

    good no problem!great post today I needed to hear that.hearing about Matthew is so encouraging.

  2. CatherineS permalink

    What a privilege it is to see the Lord working in a life like that!

  3. Debbie Mcfarland commented on facebook: this is awesome so thankful that you got to hug him and pray with him Gods mercy is new every moring and his grace is sufficient learning to walk by faith and not by site is wonderful I will continue to pray!

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