HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Nov. 25, 2016-I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU VISITED ME
Compiled by Beth Foster, Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director
“You spend a lot of time thinking about how awful the prison is rather than envisioning your future.” — Piper Kernan
The inability to dream of and build a better life is just one of the many losses those who are victims of mass incarceration — both the incarcerated and those who love them — are dealt. And, it’s not just incarceration, but poverty and other forms of oppression that rob people of their ability to dream. I remember a year or so ago, talking with a woman in her 30s who was homeless and desperately trying to piece her life back together again. She was trying to find her way forward, and I asked her what seemed like an obvious question. “What would you do with your life if you could do anything? If money were not an issue and you had the freedom to be anything you wanted to be?” Isn’t this the question every little child has the answer to: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” … a ballerina, a fire fighter, a teacher, a dad, an astronaut, president of the United … The woman who I asked the question to that day said, “I don’t know. I’ve never thought about it. No one has ever asked me that question.”
Today’s Action: Answer the question for yourself. If you could be or do anything and money was not an issue, and you could be anyone you wanted to be, what would it be?
Today’s Sharing: What was your answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” when you were 10 years old and now? Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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