In recent months I’ve taken a pretty narrow approach to the devotionals. I’ve written almost exclusively on spiritual matters. This month, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to broaden the scope and try to expose you all to other people and what they’re saying on all matters recovery. Each day I’ll give a link to an article or video and provide some brief commentary.
My thoughts: As someone who worked as a chaplain in a jail for a year, I grew interested in providing opportunities for resilience to incarcerated people. What Mr. Leal describes in this article is rare. It’s rare for a prison or jail to truly offer people opportunities to learn, grow, and develop as human beings so that they can well integrate back into society when released. It strikes me that stories like his will affirm, for some, the myth that people who work hard can overcome any obstacle. Instead- I would point out that many people who are incarcerated desperately want to change. Many do not know how. Many are not given the learning opportunities or resources in jail/prison that Mr. Leal describes. These people, all too often, are abandoned. Instead of teaching them that they need to make a different life for themselves…perhaps we can simply teach them, as Mr. Leal taught his fellow inmates. These people are working hard…will we notice? Will we help?