As Christmas day approaches, I can’t help but think of all those behind bars who won’t be sharing the joy of Christmas or other spiritual holidays with their families. They won’t be having home cooked turkey, or decorating a Christmas tree, or throwing a snowball, or sharing a hot chocolate with their children and family.
So, I am praying that they each know that someone out here is thinking of them and sends them hope for a better future. I hold out hope that they will see their way to turning their life around and living life to the fullest when they are released. When they have served their time and paid their debt, I sincerely hope that they will not give up and return to old ways, friends and habits. I hope they will take their second chance to live with society, not against it.
For those who are in solitary, I hope you keep faith that things will get better. Look into your self for strength and you will find it. Look to your family for the strength to help you maintain in these dark days.
As sad as I am today for my son, I know there is always hope and that with a positive attitude and the help of their loved ones, they can make the transition from felon to free person.
My thoughts are also with those millions of loved ones and family members who are sharing my sadness for their loved one who is incarcerated. You are not alone.