It is now more than six months since those wonderful words "...the Court will order that he be released."
We are still amazed by the mercy of God in allowing my release that day. None of us knows what the future holds, but we know Who holds our future. And all is well, because "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
I kept a diary during my incarceration. Here is an excerpt which touched my heart recently as I remembered the very present grace which came from God as a result of your prayers.
"I'm sitting here at a gray metal table with three guys off to my left at another table playing cards, swearing, and occasionally singing snatches of ungodly songs. Upstairs, someone's TV is blaring raucous music. I hear the crisp shuffle of playing cards, and in the background the swift rush of the industrial toilet. I hear the swish of the shower, and thank God for at least a measure of privacy in the shower---in this place where one finds precious little privacy. On the table in front of me lies, partially read, Chuck Colson's Kingdoms in Conflict, discovered at the prison library. Could there be a more appropriate book to be reading right now?"
"My heart is strangely full, rich with the experiences of these last days. I am more out of my element than ever before, experiencing significant disorientation. Yet I am strangely warm on the inside. Right now I possess virtually nothing. All I have in personal property that I can call my own is: a KJV award Bible, the "Purple Martin Hymnbook", a pair of old Sunday shoes, two pairs of socks, a shirt, t-shirt, shorts, pants, suit coat, comb, hankie, and two partially filled index cards, plus clothing issued by the prison commissary. But I feel strangely, immensely wealthy. Is this what it feels like to own the Kingdom? If it is indeed the riches of the Kingdom, then may God in His infinite mercy expand my heart to receive it, for if He doesn't, my heart may well burst."
We arrived home on March 5th. The past six months have sped by. I've resumed my duties at the family nursery business as well as the ministry at my home church, Pilgrim Fellowship. Our family is doing well, by the grace of God.
We have filed our appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The prosecution has until October to file a response. Then the Appeals Court will schedule a date for oral arguments and will follow with a ruling. This process could take a year or more.
Thank you for your love and concern and for all your prayers. Let's keep praying for those in need.
September 12, 2013