Friday, June 16th, 2017
I had a hard decision to make. I’ve been visiting Joe in the county jail for the past few months and promised I’d always be there for him. At first he was receptive to God’s word and direction in his life. A few weeks ago he changed. All of a sudden, it was all about Joe and how the justice system had failed him and how his public defender was inept and how the police had violated his rights when they broke into his department to stop him from hitting his girlfriend again. (She’s the mother of three of his children and one on the way.)
I compared notes with the chaplain at the jail and conferred with my trusted spiritual partner, Bob. They concurred with the decision I had come to. So two days ago I told Joe that I was not abandoning him but couldn’t help him until he submitted to God. He jumped up from the table, shook my hand, and said in an angry voice, “Pat, you’re being ridiculous!” With that, he bolted out the door and was led back to his cell. Pray for Joe. He’s a lost soul in need of finding.