Foolish Inmate Workers

Having tasted being locked up, you would think that inmates would strive harder to reform their lives. To make things better. Some try. Like those ones dressed up in blue uniforms, making it known that they are part of the working crew.

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They are scattered inside the prisons. Some working in a particular unit to help clean up whatever mess, run errands for the custody staff and in their attempt to do the right thing, might even help break out a fight amongst themselves.

Some are kitchen workers. Working early at night until late in the morning. They have rotating shifts. Some serve in the staff’s dining hall. Making specified meals that staff orders. Setting out the food in those food warmers after laboring and doing lots of chopping and cooking. Making sandwiches, burritos, anything.

I used to eat there. But working at Intake then, didn’t give me enough time to enjoy my food. By the time my order was being brought to where I sat, Intake was already calling me that some arrestees had arrived. It was hard to take even a few bites. There was no more taste and no more appeal to my interrupted appetite.

Co-workers often wondered why I always brought my lunch now. I would go quietly to a room and close all doors and would eat stuff from home. Then rest my neck. And just talk to God in that silence.

I must warn you, before you keep reading my post, that stuff that I am about to say might gross you out. Not my intention. But I want to give you the clear picture of what truly happens inside those prison walls.

One night, I heard the charge nurse talking about two particular workers in kitchen, who got caught rubbing the lettuce on their bodies. Then, they chopped them up and served them. Another time, a co-worker yelled “Eeewwww!”, I ran and peeked when she was seeing an inmate worker, thinking something had happened and I was ready to call for help with the radio on my hand. She discovered that that particular inmate had scattered abscesses all over his body. It happens sometime. But it was sickening for her to realize on her own that it was the same inmate worker who served her sandwich that particular night. Sometimes, they would mix their body fluids with oatmeal or other food that might disguise their horrible ways.

That’s another reason why I chose to bring my own lunch!!!

We have tasted how it’s like to be imprisoned, too. Adultery. Illegal substances abuse. Pornography. Murder. And many other sins. But must we fall back again to those things that imprisoned us when we have already tasted God’s goodness and forgiveness through Christ? Of course, we’re humans, that’s what we always say as an excuse.

“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” - Galatians 3:3

May we all learn to stop acting like PRISONERS now! God has loved us all without any strings attached! There is nothing that we can do to make Him love us more! He loves us all. Unconditionally.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” - Galatians 2:20

On another note, my shoulder’s pain started easing up yesterday. I just want to thank you all for your prayers and sweet thoughts. I’m sorry if I’m not able to visit some of you at this time. Just trying to be restored and be strong at this time. God bless you all the more.
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].