Curt has spent half of his life not only behind bars, but in “supermax confinement,” – in a cell by himself, with just one hour of “rec time” outside of his cell. I thought about writing to him, but I was scared. I thought of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:36: “I was in prison and you visited me.” Years later, we are still exchanging letters.
I asked Curt how others could support him and others behind bars. “The number one thing a Christian in here needs is encouragement,” he said. “It’s very hard to explain how someone can live a decade or more in a room the size of a closet without losing his mind.”
We can also support those in prison through prayer, he said. “In Jeremiah 29:7, God instructed the captives to pray for the peace of the city in which they were held captive, because if that city prospered, so would the captives,” Curt wrote. “I pray to plant seeds for everyone in my life, where I live, and the people in authority over me.”
This message is excerpted from “It was kind of you to share my distress” by Sarah Carson in the April 2016 Gather magazine.
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