DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know many prisoners write you, but could you say something to those of us who are family members of inmates? It’s really hard on us, not only because we’re missing a family member, but because some people don’t want anything to do with us. Soon my husband will be out, but it has been tough. — S.S.
Thank you for this reminder. Yes, over the years many prisoners have written me, often telling how their imprisonment has caused them to turn to Christ and discover the joy of his forgiveness and new life. The Bible’s promise really is true: “If anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Sadly, however, some also tell of broken relationships and shattered hopes, often because their families or loved ones have abandoned them. I’m very thankful for families like yours that have worked to overcome their hurts and disappointments, and look forward to being together again. Remember: When Jesus was crucified, one of his last acts was to be sure someone would take care of his mother, Mary (see John 19:25-27).
What can you do? First, never forget that Christ knows all about your hurts, and he wants to comfort you and help you. Others may turn their backs on you, but Christ never will. Have you asked him to come into your life? If not, by a simple prayer of faith make your commitment to him today. Jesus’ promise is for you: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
In addition, pray for your husband and assure him of your constant love. Ask God also to lead you to a church where you’ll feel welcome and can grow spiritually.
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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