Walking with the Lord

Sunday, August 22, 2022 – McHenry County Jail

Opening Prayer

Worship Song

I want to start today with one of my favorite poems which was written by Mary Stevens in 1939:

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

I love this picture of Jesus’ love, don’t you?

DISCUSS

When we are struggling, it is easy to get discouraged and even feel like we have been abandoned by God.  We may even believe that God hates us.

BUT…

Nothing could be farther from the truth!

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35, 37-39 NIV

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? – Matthew 6:26 NIV

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NIV

If we believe that Jesus loves us, how then should we treat others?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

This applies to how you should treat EVERYONE in your lives, this includes family & friends on the outside, the other ladies in your pod, the guards, and even those who make have been responsible for you being in jail.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.-  1 John 1:9 NIV

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV

DISCUSS

Worship Song  

Closing Prayer

13 comments

  1. God will never ever leave us or forsake us and when we feel far, most often we have drifted away from his hands of protection. Nevertheless, even if we make our beds in hell, his hands can reach us still, because he loves us too much to ever leave us alone. 🙏🏾❤️

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