Update On Jail Visit

I was able to visit the man who entered our church service yesterday with his mostly incoherent yet extremely startling shouting. I was a little worried about the visit, with lots of TV and movie images of jail visits running through my mind. I kept thinking of that movie, Dead Man Walking. I actually did find jail an unpleasant place to be, even for visiting clergy like myself.
Though worried about my first words to the man (and his name isn't Christopher Cross, as has been mentioned. That would ruin all of my 80's song favorites) I wasn't sure what I was going to say, but knew that I wanted him to know that, while his behavior was reckless and wrong, we believe in a God of grace and love and that we would extend that to him as well.
My mind was put to ease when I sat down to visit with him. By the way, I was surprised and relieved that I wouldn't get to actually visit with him face to face. We visited via video camera and phone. It was a very real encounter, but just through a camera. The first thing said was his apology for what happened. It was clear that he was contrite and embarrassed by what had happened. I told him that we loved him and would like to be a friend to him. I then told him why his interruption of our service was so unnerving; of how our church has just gone through a tremendous crisis and still has raw emotions. I also reminded him of the recent problems churches have had with people busting into services to do bad things. He understood and wanted me to make sure the church knew that he had no mal intent.
We visited more about things and ended the visit. I reminded him again of our love for him and our desire to be of help to him.
I left the jail and got into my minivan, thinking of God's amazing grace, even for those who do crazy things.

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About John Henson

I am Pastor of Church for the Highlands, an urban church plant affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, started in the Highland neighborhood of Shreveport, LA. I am also Chaplain of Volunteers of America of North Louisiana. I am husband to Jinny and father to a middle-schooler named Jack. Most of my time is taken up with starting a church, but I love running, a good cigar, and reading what mystics have lived and written.
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