December 19, 2012 by lcuprisonministry
Christmas Day in Prison
*Please click on the link above and read the article first! Honestly, it brought tears to my eyes. I sincerely hope you take something away from it.
Usually, I don’t believe any of us think of prison on December 25th. I was in middle school when my cousin was arrested. I remember being told about the crime. I remember remnants I picked up of the trial. I remember the harsh words in the media. More than anything, however, I remember my family’s first holiday without her. Less than a week before Christmas, my cousin was taken in early for her nearly three year sentence. She didn’t get to spend Christmas with her four month old daughter. During the holidays that followed, it wasn’t necessarily always discussed, but I felt her absence. Her absence weighed in my mind. But it was surely all the more devastating for her.
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to look across the table at her on Christmas next week. That dark period in her life is behind her, and she is at home celebrating the holidays with her family where she belongs. My heartache for my cousin returned to me as I read this article about “Christmas Day in Prison.” We have such an opportunity to step into inmates shoes here and survey and dig for the best way to partner with and minister to them during this season when they are the most lonely, and possibly the most open to listen to what Christ has for them. Please take a few minutes to comment on the questions below, as well as add to others’ comments. Let’s talk this out.
First, think about you. What are some traditions you have for the Christmas season, or even specifically Christmas Day?
Next, think outside of you. What are some of the aspects of Christmas WE get to experience that the inmates may be missing out on while incarcerated?
And finally, think beyond now. This time next year, what are some things the prison ministry could do to minister and be Christ to the inmates during the holiday season when they feel most alone?
Merry Christmas to all of you. We truly appreciate you, your dedication, and your hearts. Celebrate Christ with your loved ones this next week.