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Letters from prison | Worship


Last updated 2/18/2015 at Noon

I cringed a little bit when I discovered the envelope in my mail in-box in the office. It was from the State Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash.

I had heard from inmates in prison before. I had visited those convicted of serious crimes. I had spent time counseling and praying with prisoners. I confess that those experiences often left me with a sense of anxiety and futility. Ministry can be tough among people in such places.

The letter was from a member of the congregation. I’ll call him “Bob,” though that is not his real name.

Even as I opened it, I found myself thinking back to...

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