I have new duties at work. I was a teacher, then a testing coordinator (I oversaw the standardized testing), and now I am an Assessment Instructor. The title is misleading. I spend my days reviewing the central files of inmates and interviewing them. What I do has little to do with education. As I read these files I am exposed to the horrific depravity that man is capable of.
I was reflecting on this fact the other day. I felt led to pray. I praised the Father for His great forgiveness. I thanked Him for Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross for me, for these men, for everyone on this planet. I was struck with the verse, “God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God is truly gracious, merciful, and patient.
While I would probably prefer to see many of these individuals meet a grisly end for their crimes, God wishes to see them become His children and experience His forgiveness and grace. Be glad that I am not God!
Then it struck me. One choice separates me from these men. I could have easily fallen into bad company, made poor choices, and become a skallywag felon. But for the grace of God there go I…
May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.