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Unlikely Christmas Caring

We know, said our incarcerated women... We know firsthand how the holidays intensify feelings of loss and separation. We know this season of Christmas will be particularly difficult for officers in these departments who are still mourning the loss of coll…
by Rev. Lee Schott, pastor for Women at the Well, inside the walls of the Iowa Correctional Facility for Women in Ankeny, IA. Over the next few days, 52 police chiefs in 52 pol… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/unlikely-christian-caring/

“OH, CHRISTMAS TREE”

...Oh, Christmas tree! There was my Christmas tree in the middle of this Christmas joy, in the decorated gym in the prison with the children and the mamas. My heart overflowed with power of God’s love over me through this amazing community. The Christmas …
by Pastor Kimberly K. LaPlante, Church of Hope inside the walls of the SD Women's Correctional Facility in Pierre, SD. The Christmas tree is a familiar symbol of the Christmas … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/oh-christmas-tree/

Advent Teaches Us Patience

The Advent season teaches us to be patient. It instructs us on the importance of waiting prayerfully. It reminds us that God’s goodness unfolds in God’s time and not ours. Perhaps the greatest lesson that emerges during Advent each year comes as we watc…
Rev. Dean W. Bucalos, Executive Director of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond and Founding Pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/advent-teaches-us-patience/

Hope is There

I believe that there are glimmers of light, even in our darkness, and that Isaiah in his time and modern prophets in our time are asking us to be still long enough to sense the hope, for it is there. Hope is there when strangers protect and stand up for …
By Mary Mortenson, Director PCA I love the Advent readings from Isaiah: From the 2nd chapter: In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highe… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/hope-there/