Five incarcerated teenage girls walked into Bible study cursing and acting disrespectful.
I smiled, picked up my guitar and began playing. They picked up the song sheets and slowly began singing along—songs of praise and worship.
A few minutes later I opened my Bible. The rudeness had ceased. They had questions and hung on my answers. By the end of the hour, all five said they wanted to turn their lives around. Each girl said she wanted to receive Jesus. Their attitudes had softened. They became polite and respectful—really sweet, precious girls.
We ended with a couple more songs. They asked if they could keep the song sheets. I asked a deputy if she would make copies, and she did. As we were saying goodbye, one of the girls asked if I’d pray with her privately for a personal issue.
I returned home rejoicing and praising God, thanking Him for allowing me to see the transformation in their attitudes in such a short time.
What made the difference? Was it the worship of God in song? Was it God’s Word? Was it the prayer? Perhaps all of the above!
God really does change lives!
- Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
- SONG: ONE BUSINESS IN LIFE – Quote by John Wesley, circa 1790; remaining words and music by Kathleen