Red Letters

Bonnie Raitt wrote,

“I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t.”

She’s right … because only Jesus can make your heart feel something it can’t.

Today, I was given the opportunity to drop “red letters” in the hearts of three captive men.

One of the three men asked me if he could pray for me! Wait. What? Isn’t he the one who needs the “faith-based minister” to minister to him with prayer? This man is nineteen days away from being shipped out to State prison for 12 years, and he wants to pray for me. And he did. Only Jesus can do this in someone’s heart.

The first man I talked to kept thanking me for taking the time to visit. Some may think, “What’s the big deal? What good does a 15-minute visit do?” Well, when you’ve spent the previous eleven months strung out on meth while living homeless on the streets of Portland without anyone at all to talk to because you no longer have friends or family at all, a 15-minute conversation means the world to you. I’m pretty sure Jesus used me to speak to this man’s heart.

Lastly, the first man I spoke to just so happened to have the same probation officer that I had way back in 1998. The moment he told me this, I had an idea. After leaving the jail, I walked over to the courthouse and asked to speak his probation officer. Luckily (intentional divine appointment), he was available.

When he walked out, he asked me to follow him to his office (just like the old days – only not!). As we sat down in his office, he said, “How can I help you?” I told him the Twitter-version of my story and then handed him a copy of my fourth book. I then asked him, “Do you recognize the *handwriting on the cover?” He looked closely and then said, “Yes. That’s my handwriting. Wow.” This opened the conversational door to tell him about my involvement with Washington County Drug Court and Freedom Through Faith.

While we were walking out of his office, he shook my hand and said, “This is quite the calling you’re in!” I could tell his comment was heartfelt#FullCircleRedemption

*His handwriting:

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