Everyone was wearing all white, except for the volunteers. It was a familiar scene, spirit filled to be sure
as a few inmates stood before the group each reciting a Bible verse they had carefully memorized,
hiding God’s word in their hearts.
Then an unexpected and glorious surprise occurred as an inmate poured out her thoughts and emotions through poetry. We listened to her recite a poem she penned here in the windowless dorm at Dawson State Jail.
She was riveting.
I volunteer with a prison ministry at a women’s Christ-centered dorm within Dawson State Jail in Downtown Dallas.
I never really considered volunteering in a prison, but I know God called me to say “yes” when a friend of mine started this prison bible study at Dawson (thank you S.H. for the opportunity).
I have been blessed by the inmates, my fellow volunteers and the entire ministry more than you could imagine.
God can use each of us as a vessel through which he works his plans.
You only have to go where he calls.
According to Prison Fellowship 2.3 million Americans are behind bars. They could use your help and support.
To learn more about volunteering with a Prison Ministry see below.
The thoughts and feelings expressed in the poem below are straightforward and honest. I can feel her emotions.
I see hope and wisdom amidst the heartache. Through it all she knows God loves her, no matter what.
This is the first poem I will publish as part of a new series entitled “Poems from Prison”
I know my Halo’s tilted
Its shifted to the side
It’s weighted down with envy
jilted by the ride
I know my wing is broken
it popped right out of place
that’s because my anger is
reflected in my face
I left my harp in heaven
somewhere among the clouds
I didn’t want to ask for help
This Angel’s very proud
I’ve fallen straight from above
It was a painful fall
Does God even miss me
Did he even notice at all
This ones for the fallen Angels
The ones like me and you
The ones who don’t know exactly
What God wants them to do
This ones for the ones
Who aren’t sure how to make it home
Who walk around weary
and upon the earth just roam
Tilted Halo’s Broken Wings
The LORD KNOWS ALL ABOUT THESE THINGS
In His plan He saw you fall
It DOESN’T CHANGE HIS LOVE AT ALL
This Journey is a PROCESS
Just Like Learning How to Fly
IN ORDER TO TRULY LIVE MY LOVE
EVERY Angel MUST LEARN TO CRY
by Somer Erickson *
Do you know God?
God is Love , Psalm 139 God is Always with You , Ephesians 3:16-21
How to Receive Eternal Salvation- Say “Yes” to Christ
Personal Relationship with God
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with All your Heart
The Bible says–
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
Why memorize God’s word? – Click the Bible to learn more
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God,
which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men,
but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who Believe. – 1 Thessalonians 2:13
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. – Psalm 18:10
Read the Bible, know God’s word, renew your mind
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12-2
Learn about volunteering in Prison Ministry -both men and women needed
Prison Fellowship , the ministry founded by Chuck Colson that operates on a large scale in the United States or
Ministries 101 in Dallas
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated
as if you yourselves were suffering. – Hebrews 13:3
or Donate to Angel Tree: Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry which serves the children of prisoners
by giving them gifts on behalf of their incarcerated parents and by surrounding them all year long with a loving community.
*(Originally I published only the initials S.E. and I wrote “Although I have permission to use the author’s real name. I’ve decided to use her initials for the moment“.
Now per additional conversations with the author who is still in prison, I have updated this post to add the author’s name.)
To God be the GLORY! – Julie
Fallen Angels ©Somer Erickson