Jesus Loves the Little Children

Christmas time can be hard for anyone who is away from their family, it is especially difficult for incarcerated moms who have no hope of seeing their babies for months (or even years). Today was “jail day” and as my partner Penny and I were planning for the service we decided upon “God is in Control” as our topic for the day.

God is Good – All the Time  :  He is Worthy – To Be Praised  :  We are Blessed – So Blessed

Penny opened with a brief discussion of advent and how people prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ; such as lighting advent candles to symbolize hope, peace, love etc. or reading a chapter of Luke everyday from December 1st through the 24th. The following scriptures were used to illustrate the Angel/Peace candle.

Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

— Isaiah 11:5 (NKJV)

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
The lion shall eat straw like the ox,
And dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”
Says the Lord.

— Isaiah 65:25 (NKJV)

I chose two simple songs for today, Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves the Little Children. Before we sang them I explained that Jesus loves their children more than they do and that He knew and loved them before they were even born. I assured the ladies that our Heavenly Father is looking out for their precious little ones while they are away. It was with joy (and maybe a little sadness) that we joined our voices and sang (in English & Spanish).

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong

Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus, take this heart of mine;
Make it pure and wholly Thine.
Thou hast bled and died for me;
I will live henceforth for Thee

Yes, I love Jesus.
Yes, I love Jesus.
Yes, I love Jesus.
In prayer I tell Him so.

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.

Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world

No matter what your current situation, we all have “gifts” that we can give to others. The ladies were encouraged to give each other the gifts of:

  • Time – just sit an listen
  • Kindness – do something nice “just because”
  • Sincerity – genuine compliment
  • Patience – giving others the space they need

The ladies began sharing why they are grateful to be in jail:*

  • Beth, a recovering heroin addict, is facing a l-o-n-g time in jail for a class-x felony. She freely admits her crimes and is willing to face whatever lies before her. She fully realizes that God used her arrests and drug treatment/detox to save her from certain death. She is a great support to the other ladies in her cell block and during Bible Study & Church.
  • Yvonne was suffering from a severe illness that she didn’t realize that she had. She is now “on the mend” and praises God for the medical attention she has received in jail. If she had been at home, she may never have received they medical help that she needed.
  • Mary is an alcoholic. Before she was arrested two years ago she was drinking at least two bottles of wine per day. She is now sober and no longer has the desire to drink. She testifies to God’s work in her life and is using her time in jail to minister to others.

I say it again….GOD IS AT WORK IN THE McHENRY COUNTY JAIL!! It is a pleasure be able to see lives changed in a dark place. Jesus loves ALL of his children!!

*not their real names 

7 comments

  1. How true we all have something to give. God bless this wonderful work. As one married to one who met Jesus while incarcerated, I can tell you what you probably already realize- you are a vital component in the kingdom of God!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I’m glad you and your friend are reaching out. I did the “prison letter ministry” some years ago at my former church. It’s a blessing to be able to encourage others. I pray the Lord will watch over these ladies and their children and that the unsaved ones will come to Jesus.

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