At 48 years old, JD was sentenced to death, he was out on fresh row to await the date and time of his execution by lethal injection. For 18 years he woke each morning knowing that it could be his last.
Each meal came with the thought and expectation that it could be his last. Of his time on death row he said, it was a different kind of imprisonment – waiting for the day of execution.
The he got the date – it was all set. He had rehearsed his long walk down the prison aisle, past fellow inmates and security officials to the guerney he would be strapped on before a deadly poison is injected into his bloodstream.
Two months to the day, JD was summoned to court. It appeared that the judge in his trial who sentenced him to be executed had been deemed biased. The ruling judge considering his appeal over ruled the judgement! JD was free from death row and sentenced to 150 years in prison.
Now 66, he was filled with such joy and excitement! He couldn’t believe the eleventh hour miracle that had spared his life. He was free from living the torture of knowing how he would die!
About the ruling he said; “on death row there is no hope! It’s a freedom to not know the date time and method of ones death! I am free!”
JD was content with the knowledge that he would die in prison. He embraced the hope that each day brought.
Psalm 6: 4-5
“Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?”
To be alive each day is a reflection of God’s grace. The conditions we live in, regardless of how rich or poor, good are bad, are a demonstration of His grace.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In all things give thanks…
As we proceed in this new season, let’s pause to give thanks for the his unending grace that’s sustained thus far. Let’s pause to show gratitude for what we have. Let’s do this by way of rekindling our faith to wait on him to show us his divine favour for the days and years ahead – for without his we could be living our lives hopeless as though on death row.