The term "re-hab" brings different images to each of our minds. For example, it warmed my heart when one inmate in the Sterling Prison told me last weekend that he didn't "think of this place as a prison, but rather as re-hab to turn his life around". He said this was all part of his "journey of re-formation" into a new and better man. But when I asked him about where he was going and what he was going to do when he gets out, he said he was going back to his home town and his old friends. He didn't think it was right to give up on his friends who are still doping and drinking continuously. In the Kairos Prison Ministry our motto is "Listen, Listen, Love, Love", not "Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk", but there are times when I have to bite my tongue pretty hard!!

So, rather than focus on him directly, I eventually told him that my family also has a history of abuse of alcohol for several generations, and that I watched my dad stop drinking for 3 or 6 or 12 months at a time, but the minute he got back around old friends and took that first drink with them when they were having "fun", he got right back into the full-time drinking because he was chemically hooked. I told him that guys like us have the alcohol-abuse genes in us, and we simply can't afford to go back into our old habits, or bad things will happen. Basically, I told him we must change our old habits or "re-hab(it)". In his case, when he drank and doped, he became violent and hurt his wife and others. So, in order to control his anger and violence he needs to "re-habit" his desires to go to the bars with his friends and drink. And he can't do it alone.

 I told him that my dad finally had to come to the realization that he did not have the power to do it alone and he had to have help from our almighty God. Only God knows what the next step in this story will be, but I have great hopes for a huge re-hab in this man's life! Our God is big enough to make this happen!!

I also watched as one of the other tough inmates at my table broke down in tears as he realized God's tremendous and unconditional love for him. God can break down even the toughest of hearts and then rebuild them from the ground up!

Blessings to all of you!

Randy Weldon

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1. Julie Weldon wrote:
Well said!

Fri, October 9, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

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