Somewhere tonight a man lays prone on the floor of his 4 x 9 prison cell. The ‘dungeon’. Alone in his thoughts he ponders his life, if not to improve it surely to wonder why. The mail that he never recieves the visits that never come serve only to enforce his lonely state in life. “Thou hast been reduced to a low estate, but as gold is refined in fire, so must brave men be born of adversity.”
Startled, a flood of light comes raging through as the door is flung open left hanging on the hinges. He steps cautiously to the doorway, waiting for the onrush of guards but silence stills the air. Freedom lays on the otherside…
Awakened by the headcount accompanied by the annoying banging on the door, our man comes to his feet. Rembrances of a long ago childhood when his grandmother would read stories from the Bible he recalls the story of Paul in prison, when the gates were flung open. He could learn alot from Paul about prison.
Paul suffered greatly for the name of Jesus Christ. When Paul defended his calling to the church, he defined suffering as a major proof of his spiritual office. “I have worked much harder,” he insisted, “been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again” (2 Corinthians 11:23).
It is our hope and prayer here at Blaze of Glory Prison Ministry that we can be a beacon of light to those in dark places by pointing to those who have born the stripes of despair that prison brings, yes, even Paul “despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8). But Paul had faith in the living God to see him through his trial. “On him we have set our hope,” wrote Paul, “that he will continue to deliver us”