The Incarcerated Say
Thank You For Loving Us!
How often do we go through life being thanked for loving another? Especially those with differing faiths, colors and cultures?
How about being thanked for simple, random acts of kindness that flow naturally from the love in our hearts?
Should our expectations demand acknowledgement and recognition?
I honestly never really experienced what walking out Christ’s mission, ministry and soul was like, understanding His interaction and engagement with EVERYONE, until I started pouring life into the rejected and abandoned; our homeless and incarcerated. They’ve taught me what love means…
Working with the homeless and the incarcerated has emphasized how we are living in a self-serving, loved-deprived culture.
Sadly, it’s much easier to hate and judge, using others for our own gain, yet so unfathomable to love ALL OF MANKIND through our actions when there’s no benefit to ourselves and/or acknowledgement and recognition.
When was the last time you heard the words, “Thank you for loving us”?
Much less from those incarcerated?
I felt led to share a recent thank-you card in order to shed light to some of the lives that exist inside our prison systems.
Admittedly, I used to judge and criticize those incarcerated until my own crisis developed with having a son incarcerated due to fighting.
But I lean in being convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose (Romans 8:28 TPT).
This beautiful and touching card came from inmates at Folsom State Prison demonstrating what a little love and rehabilitation leading to redemption offers.
They don’t know Jesus, YET…
I’m honored to be transitioning my nonprofit, Blameless and Forever Free Ministries, to stand with the oppressed and fight for injustice as an avenue to help stabilize our homeless epidemic. Their successful re-entry back into society keeps more beloveds from adding to our homeless epidemic that is out of control.
Every life matters!
Look at those eyes on the card!!! Talk about a gift of artistry. Her eyes captivate me. The twinkling radiates with life as if she’s actually looking back at me. What a work of art!
I’m not a badass or warrior princess as some of the inmates might say, because honestly, sometimes I’m so paralyzed in fear and scared to death, I have to continue remembering I’m surrounded by angel armies! I have a much easier time being referred to as Mama Tammy or Miss Tammy.
I’m just walking out being obedient to whom my Father says I am, His precious daughter, that the Lord God Almighty chooses to work through as one of His vessels to pour out His Great Love!
“…The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37; Matthew 9:35-38).
Through the chiseling of my own calloused heart and loving on the homeless and the incarcerated, I’ve had my eyes opened to what God’s Great Love does to those who have been thrown out, rejected and abandoned. They’re starving!
Maybe it’s because I understand that deep, torturing loss, through my own life crises.
What I once took somewhat for granted and expected, God’s Great Love, many are desperate for and would do anything to be led through that door.
Why shouldn’t we all be extended an invitation to engage in a relationship with our Beautiful Jesus and be loved on? Jesus doesn’t discriminate, He invites us all.
Our world is starving for love! And our incarcerated are no exception to that rule and need God’s Great Love!
Thank you, Beautiful Jesus, for allowing me to see society’s desperation and need for Your Great Love through your lens! Talk about masterpieces…
Thank you, Lord, for the boldness and courage to stand with the oppressed and fight injustice. Every life matters! I’m beyond blessed to see Your hand and covering of Love to those who desperately need an encounter with You!
Until next time…
Do It Again, God! Do It Again!