There is a day in my life, I have not shared with many people. It’s a day filled with shame and sorrow. A day filled with a child not knowing what would happen to her mother.You see, my Mother married a man who left her just a few days after their wedding. He left her for a woman just a mile away from our home.
My Mother was a fighter. She was not one to sit around, lick her wounds and just give up. As a child, she lost the ability to walk and was thought to have polio. When her ability to walk finally returned, she endured two relationships that hurt her dearly and then, she lost a son, my brother in a horrible accident.
I can’t fault her for her life. She did the best she could with what she had.
This day was different. On this day, her iron will and stoic heart broke beyond measure and I witnessed her knock over a rock in this woman’s yard. Horrible offence, I know. I mean…many would do something much worse. This was the best she could do to hurt back. It was not in her to truly hurt or harm another person.
After she took me to this woman’s home, knocked over the rock, we returned home. Before long, a police car arrived and we were both taken to the local jail. I can’t remember if it was the city or county jail. But, I remember sitting in the back of the car crying uncontrollably. I remember the feel of the pleather seats, the smell and the inability to truly know what was going on.
Over and I over I kept crying and begging the officer “Please don’t take my Mommy to jail.”
Several hours later, we were able to return home. The details are fuzzy and I’m not sure my Mother and I ever discussed that night, nor have I had the desire to share it with anyone (until now)
Who wants to share anything about their Mother (or Father) being in jail?
While my Mother did not remain in jail….other children’s Mothers and Fathers do.
There are over 1 million children around the United States with a parent in jail. They may or may not know or have a relationship with that parent, but that does not mean their hearts don’t ache for them.
It doesn’t mean that child, whose parent(s) made poor decisions deserves love any less than our children who are cuddled up, snug in their beds with kisses from Mommy and/or Daddy every night.
Why am I writing you this?
I’m writing this to share Angel Tree Ministries with you. Will you join in and help share God’s love with these children?
It’s easy to do.
You can host an Angel Tree in your church or other location…or perhaps just find a tree, pick a name and buy the present. You don’t have to deliver it, but someone else will. The name on the package, won’t be yours – it will be the name of the parent in prison who has requested help this year.
Yes, they have been convicted of a crime, but they still have love in their hearts and we, as Christians are called to minister to everyone – even those in Prison.
Go here–> Angel Tree Ministries for more details…and while you are here and watch the video below. It contains a powerful testimony by Mary Kay Beard.
Will you join me this year by sharing Christ’s love with children whose parents are incarcerated?
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