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I will never forget the day that I stepped inside “The Walls.” Missouri State Penitentiary is a maximum-security facility and the fifth oldest prison in America.
It was a normal day. I was picking up one of my teens early from school. I signed him out, we got in the car, put our seat belts on and I took a deep breath.
I quickly discovered that jail is a place you surrender control over where you can go, who you can talk to, when you can offer a Bible study, and how much time you can spend with inmates.
We are unfortunately shaped by the larger society to believe or assign certain attributes to people who are inside the walls.
Her eyes welled up with tears, years of pain and shame and hope at war in her heart. Could there be something more than this? Was she worth it? Could she ever be forgiven?