8 | Lord, You Never Let Go of Me!

March 18, 2008
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.
Lord, You Never Let Go of Me!


Dear Family,

Greetings! I’m blessed today! This is the second straight day they’ve played the local Christian radio station … all day! I’m not even gonna pretend I haven’t teared up a few times, and full-blown-cried another time. God is good. Someone yelled out his cell to one of the trustees, “Oh, no, you’re not going to make us listen to that Christian [expletive], are you?” The trustee looked up and shot back: “Careful what you say about it! I love that Christian [expletive]! So, if you keep complaining, I’ll crank it up louder!” Turns out they’re cellmates.

I heard a song today that I used to sing at Green Valley Community Church in Placerville, nearly every week. It was like I was right there again, worshiping God with hundreds of others:

Oh, no, you never let go, through the calm and through the storm

Oh, no, you never let go, Every high and every low—

Lord, you never let go of me!

He seems to remind me daily that He’s here, He loves me, and He and I are going to do amazing things together!

An old guy came up to me after shower time (awkward timing, I admit) and told me sincerely now much he appreciates my attitude. He said he’s been here seven years, with 1½ to go, and “every day has been like nails on a chalkboard because I hate it so much.” I told him that it is God who keeps me strong, and I told him that it is hard, but that I’m just trying to benefit the lives of as many here that I can. He said he’s actually been praying for me, that I’ll keep my good attitude. God is faithful to not only encourage me but also to show me ways He’s using me! My philosophy is not to cry over spilt milk. Instead, learn to lick it off the floor. 🙂

Brandon flashback: “Chuck E. Cheese is, like, scary. He’s like that bad rat, Splinter, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” Wow. Um, okay? Yeah. Thanks. Good night.

I really don’t understand why they have America’s Most Wanted on TV here, like it was the other night. I can pretty much guarantee you that it’s not my neighbor they’re looking for. May be your mailman, but I guarantee you it’s not mine! Take a look at that face—that guy on the run? See him? Id’ bet my life that he didn’t come to my neighborhood to hide out. No way! Not without a gate pass and a new outfit.

So, why are we still showing America’s Most Wanted? These guys treat it like the World Series of Crime. My cellie, Gypsy, had close relatives on that show. They’re both doing time now. He’s proud.

The other program that’s weird is Cops. It’s like “Real World Australia” to these guys. Yeah, it’s all in the perspective. They don’t show Prison Break any more.