Colossians 1:11-14 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
This following poem/prayer was written by a man that was incarcerated at the facility I serve at. He ended up dying days after he penned these words to this poem. Praise God, I believe he now walks the streets of heaven and sits at the feet of his Redeemer that accepted him when no one else would.
Yesterday I thought that you were not real because a newborn baby died at birth or an innocent child was murdered. Yesterday I thought that there was no God because I prayed for freedom and still came to prison.
Yesterday I thought that you had to answer my prayers when I wanted you to.
But today Lord, I know there are countless times, when I must wait patiently for you, and waiting develops endurance.
It strengthens my faith and deepens my dependence on you. And now I know that you are God Almighty and not errand boy, responding to the snap of my fingers.
I know your timing is neatly wrapped in your incomparable wisdom.
But God, I too cry boldly, you are my Father, and I am your child. So, Lord, please forgive me for yesterday. Amen
Here in this world he was known as a criminal, useless, and scum, but God knew him as His child. In this world he was identified by an AIS number, but God knew his name. Praise God that we can be called His children regardless our past.