All of these inmates had been deeply hurt and had hurt others. I began by telling them there’s no difference between us. I’ve been hurt and hurt others, too. In many ways we’re the same.
The hardest part of this journey is forgiving yourself for all the things you’ve done. In order to heal, I told them I had to accept the fact I’m a vulnerable human being. Like everyone else, I learn by making mistakes, some more painful than others. Part of my healing journey was facing my fears, accepting my broken parts, and shining a light on those dark places.
Afterwards, the inmates really opened up to me and asked some wonderful questions. They wanted to know how I healed, how I dealt with my anger, and how I talked to my kids about child sexual abuse. Many of the dads were in tears. It was a deeply moving experience.
I feel blessed for the way in which the twists and turns in my life prepared me for that moment. I’m so grateful for how our personal challenges teach us to help ourselves first and then use what we’ve learned to help others.
This journey called “Life” is full of surprises. No doubt about it! But if you put your trust in God, he will guide you exactly where you’re supposed to go. It will be the perfect place at the perfect time. Always.
For me, that perfect place was in a prison chapel last week, sitting in a circle, helping twenty hurting souls take their first step toward healing. God is amazing, isn’t he?!
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