Well, except for an E. Cleveland short set tomorrow early afternoon at a library (!) and the show announced in Medina, Ohio Sat. night, I have one more prison to visit while here.
It has been yet another amazing tour with my chaplain friend of several years now, John McClure. This tour “Reverend Blues” Kirk Stamper (harp and vocals, another good friend) has been with us.
He and his sweet wife often accompany John or otherwise go into various prisons to share God’s love as we have been doing this week.
Two death row services, many other sets in various places around the state have once again moved me deeply. Guilty? For the most part yes, as am I and everyone reading this.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God… all of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us turned to our -own- way. On and on the Book tells the full truth. Except for mercy, but for grace, we are all imprisoned whether we are willing to face it or not.
As always, there are those innocent who are also locked up. There are solid and crooked inmates, cops, lawyers, judges, jailers and wardens. Nothing new under this sun!
On that note, today in a Mansfield, Ohio prison we did (what is rare re. prison shows) an outdoor set. I LOVE those, but no cover over the staging area. My face is rather pink after a couple of hours in the sun -but these sons of parents, some of them parents themselves, were and are worth it.
Many have come to faith and many more at least heard good news in a world often with far too little of it.
Sunday we do the last, perhaps one, possibly more than one (two, maybe even three) sets in yet another correctional facility.
I can tell you that this has been a great, worthwhile week and I am so glad for John and Rev. as bros. working in such a way for those I consider “the least of the least of these” (see Matthew 25 for clarity on that).
Thanks so much for stopping by! -Glenn