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Incarcerated Children
Today’s Reading: Galatians 3:21–25


Scripture announces that the whole world is a prisoner because of sin
(v. 22 NIRV)


Some years ago in New England, an incarcerated woman gave birth to a little girl in a prison infirmary. For privacy’s sake, we will call the child Lydia.

For a while, Lydia grew up among relatives. But when her mother was released, the girl was repeatedly exposed to a lifestyle of irresponsibility and heavy drinking. In her mid-teens, Lydia began experimenting with drugs, and by her early twenties was enslaved to an intravenous habit. To support her addiction, she turned to prostitution, which led to several incarcerations. Somewhere along the way, she contracted HIV and was later diagnosed with AIDS. In her late thirties, Lydia died in a prison infirmary.

What tragic irony! A little girl born into the world in a prison, also died in prison. We can’t help but feel pity for Lydia. But her story is really our ownstory as well.

“Scripture announces that the whole world is a prisoner because of sin” (Galatians 3:22a). All of us came into the world as prisoners. Unless we are released, we will all die as prisoners—with eternal consequences.

But God was moved with pity for His incarcerated children. He sent His only Son into the world to rescue us. God placed on Jesus the sentence of death that we had earned. Born as a child into a prison setting, He did it “in order that what was promised might be given to those who believe. The promise comes through faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 3:22b).

by Lenny Spitale
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