Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Prison Angels, Church Angels

Saturday was a prison visiting day, and I found out that Jose (not his real name!) is getting released this month, after seven years in a Hong Kong prison, he will be going back to his home in South America.  He is more than a bit nervous, because his daughter was a baby when he left.  He has written her regularly, telling her that her Daddy is on a long business trip (and what a trip it's been!) What will he find when he goes back?  Will his wife still be there?  He does not know.  Stories filter in about wives who get married and have other children from a new relationship by the time a long-lost husband returns.  And who can blame them?  Jose is now a Christian, and suddenly trusting God takes on a major new challenge.  I am the only woman in our prison visitors group this month.  I am more than old enough to be his mother, and am feeling very maternal, but hugs are not permitted. So I squeeze his hand between both of mine.  "God's Spirit be with you."

Sunday was the second Sunday of the month, so I was at the Cantonese speaking congregation.  I always marvel at the altar flowers, so exotically different from what I'm used to at home in the USA.

  After church two of the congregation's children wanted me to take their pictures by the altar.  Why not?  What better altar decorations than these children?

The one one the left is named "Glory."  how appropriate, eh?

17" Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."  -- 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

1 comment:

  1. Sent you an email to see if you want to write an article for LWT. Do you?