As a looked around the room at our September 18 liaison meeting, initially I was disappointed by the numbers of people in attendance. My second thought was, it is a rare and beautiful day outside and these folks are inside together to share ideas about creative ways to support the Madison Area Jail Ministry. This is a sacred call. Not just for myself, but for every person who commits to doing something for those who are incarcerated, for those willing to listen to Jesus' words to visit those in jail/prison.
This is the season of autumn. The element of water informs our jail worship. My basement is leaking and a young woman who is pregnant left jail without any of the support and protection she needs. Let justice flow down like water and righteousness like an ever flowing stream…and what happens when it seems not to? We have spent money to fix our leaky basement. Time and effort were put in to support this young woman. Where is God in this?
Money will need to flow into more basement repair and prayers like a ever flowing stream will need to be prayed for this young woman. God is in the knowing that All Will Be Well, even when it isn't. We will have what we need to get through the wet, the despair. We can pray like the prophet Jeremiah, O, that my head were a spring of water & my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my people! We weep, we grieve and we clear our vision.
Rachel Naomi Remen: Serving rests on the premise that the nature of life is sacred, that life is a holy mystery which has an unknown purpose. When we serve, we know that we belong to life and to that purpose…we are all connected. Jail Ministry is a sacred call. I am not called to fix a broken system or broken people, I am called to serve. Even if we are just a few, we are being called to serve with sacred purpose and I believe great things will be done.
Peace & gratitude, Julia