Home is the one place where we all want to be when we need rest and peace. It is where we are most comfortable and can just simply be ourselves. The freedom we have in our home causes us to experience things we cannot find anywhere else. As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, ” There’s no place like home”.
So what can you do when your incarcerated, as I am, and so many others are, all around the world? Everyone longs for rest and peace from deep within. We all long for contentment and freedom. Anyone who has ever been incarcerated knows from experience that things like real rest, peace, contentment, and freedom are absent from this environment. Sadly enough for me this was my lot. In the beginning of my incarceration, the reality of these things just kept progressing day after day into a pool of hopelessness and despair–I was drowning. This was my home and any sense of release was just an illusion.
But I thank God that for me this was all about to change. One day while I was lying on my bunk in the county jail, a letter came sliding in under the cell door. It was a big surprise because everyone had abandoned me. My Godmother whom I’d been estranged from for many years heard the news concerning me. She was moved by the spirit of God in a very heightened sense to reach out. She affirmed her love and care for me and told me that God loved me and encouraged me to go to the chapel to find His forgiveness. I praise of His glorious grace that His words, through her, took root in my broken heart. That was more than ten years ago and today is quite a different story. You see as I began to hear the good news about Jesus Christ and all that He has done for me–change was happening. Suddenly through His death, burial, and resurrection, I found acceptance and forgiveness.
Real rest that is independent of circumstances and never waivers is continually present in my heart. My home is now in heaven where I’m relaxing with God (Phil. 3:20). I’m in Christ blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places and raised up and seated together with Christ (Eph. 1:3 & 2:6). Real rest, peace, comfort, and freedom are now my constant companions in my new home with my heavenly Father…and I’m blessed forevermore!
So you, too, whoever you are, there’s a real rest and peace that is calling and awaiting for you in heaven right now. Believe God – trust in what Jesus has done for you. He died for your sins, was buried, and arose from the grave. God then brings you into His family and heaven becomes your new home–where’s there peace, comfort, and such a rest–it’s literally out of this world! Heaven is now…for all who believe!
Be blessed in His love,
Chris Conchado, The L.A.M.B Squad (Leading All Men to Brotherhood) A ministry by inmates at SCI Dallas.
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Smart Communications / PADOC
Christopher Conchado HY9349
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg FL 33733