Sometimes, I can't think of a good title for the day. So since today is Wednesday, well you get it! I do some volunteer work just for a few hours on Wednesday mornings. It's something I have a heart for and love doing. It is working with women and girls who have gotten pregnant and come for classes and counseling. Today there was only one girl in class and she came with her sweet baby. During the class, we just began to talk and I ask her about her baby's father. Her eyes welled up with tears as she explained that he was incarcerated and that somehow she had been involved and entered a plea so she wouldn't have to go to jail, especially since she was pregnant. Since she has been coming to class, she has shown a great deal of character, always there and on time...doing her homework and helping the other girls. She's not a young mother, she's 35. She worked in some very responsible positions. As we were talking she confided that she is now unable to find a job, because all the applications ask the question have you ever been arrested? So she puts yes, and is immediately dismissed from consideration. She said she thought about just putting no, but knew that would be wrong.
My heart broke for her as she was telling me consequence after consequence she is and will continue to suffer due to this wrong. She is very candid in admitting she was wrong and has asked for forgiveness. She has started going to church. She takes such good care of her baby. It is obvious that that's her first priority. My prayer is that some Christian employer will allow her to tell her story and give her a chance. Any of us who work at this center would be glad to be a character reference.
This made me think about how much our actions affect not only ourselves but all those around us, especially those we love and those who love us.
Tomorrow, mama and I go to Pensacola to see an orthopedic specialist there in hopes that something can be done for her arms. She is constantly in so much pain that it is hard for her to get around. (she does make it to bingo):) We are just praying that there is some treatment they can do that we haven't found so far!
So, I'll be gone from the computer for a day or so.