Thursday, November 17, 2011

December 16Th!!!  7:00
 
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Volunteer Holiday Party

We will gather at John's house this year

to share our gratitude and stories

of this unique & special jail ministry

serving Dane County.

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You have been a part of that

& we want to celebrate together.

Call for directions: 266-4573 or 261-9755

 

Peace,

Julia & John

 

 
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

November

Joys, griefs and the struggles of life. Sacred scriptures are often the source of great comfort, particularly for those who are incarcerated. Bibles, Qurans and other scriptures are available and provide a quiet, meditative reading experience that, ironically, is sometimes easier to find while incarcerated rather than in the stress of daily life on the outside. But for some they find their way to create that space and it is good!  The following is a reflection from a young woman who is living her life on the outside with all its joys, griefs and struggles:
 
i came across hosea around a month ago as my usual verses became so common to my mind that they turned to something like background noise (this, it seems, doesn't happen to everyone i guess, but my mind has funny tendencies --- "funny" not necessarily bad).  anyhow, the most striking to me is the beginning of the verse:
 
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely,... (i hear hope, compassion)  NIV
...for my anger has turned away from them. (i hear forgiveness, grace)
 
the whole chapter...how timeless is our struggle.
 
thank you for letting me share this...i have long found strength in the scriptures and as time passes, more are revealed as necessary.  it is difficult, at times, given my---um--history to share such thoughts.  many people are quick to judge another's walk with god.  to which i can only say were it not for my walk, i would have long been dead.  the miracles along the way i can only give thanks and give to others the same " compassion?" i have been shown.
 
It is good.
 
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