Six years ago while I was serving in Florida as a youth pastor, brother Rauston asked me to write his son who was incarcerated. I have been writing Kristin ever since, but his letters have been just as much of a blessing to me.
Today, friends and family gathered to celebrate the prodigal coming home. He did not just get released after eight years in prison. Kristin is stepping into this new season of his life with a degree in theology and a degree in counseling.
I thank the Lord for the opportunity to fly to Florida this weekend and speak at his welcome home banquet today, but I am even more thankful that God does not give up on His lost sons and daughters.
Your history does not have to be your destiny. A lot of people have written Kristin, and many others like him off as a lost cause. His earthly Father never gave up on him, but Hallelujah, Jesus never gave up on him.
I will never forget seeing this faithful father embrace his son. Luke 15 became tangible today. What a moment. Many lives have already been impacted by Kristin's story. His testimony is just getting started.
I once was lost, but now I'm found. Was blind, but now I see. (Post from November 5th, 2016)