In the Scriptures the number 8 is the number of new beginnings.
After the Lord created the world in seven days, a new week began on day 8.
Eight people entered into the ark by faith. It was a new beginning for mankind after the flood.
We have a new beginning in our lives, as well.
The Honorable Judge M. gave the Innocent Man an 18 year sentence, 8 incarcerated, 10 on strict probation.
It is a harsh sentence, especially for someone who doesn’t deserve to be behind bars. Although the judge spent 45 minutes talking about the Innocent Man’s good character, based on his lack of ANY police record, no drug or alcohol abuse, and many letters written to the judge in the IM’s favor, he had to stand on the jury’s guilty verdict, and give the time demanded the crime.
The Innocent Man called tonight.
He had some tears, but mostly resolve to stand firm in the Lord. He’s determined to be a good testimony, to continue to be faithful in prayer for those he loves dearly outside the prison walls, and not waste his 8 years.
He misses his loved ones so much and we know how much his family will have changed in those years. He’ll miss graduations, weddings, and babies. He’ll miss picnics, vacations, and family squabbles.
Eight years is a long, long, long time.
It’s a very long time.
But it is the time the Lord chose; the number 8 is the number of new beginnings.
We will continue to walk by faith, trusting in the plan the Lord will reveal day by day.
We choose to believe God is sovereign.
Such a hard sentence, so many things we don't understand for his family and for his friends.
Mindy, I don't have words to express my sorrow for you. I am praying for you and for the Innocent Man – especially for protection and strength for him.
Rachel C says
I will pray for the Innocent Man, you and your family. Though I only know the few details you've shared in the blog, I know that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26). God knows the details and can be an ever present help in time of need. May God be your peace. I have been going through an especially tough time lately as well, and have been strengthened and encouraged by Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place. There is some really good godly wisdom in that book. If you can get a copy for yourself and the Innocent Man it might be a comfort to you.
Sweet Tea says
I hope a "new normal" comes quickly for you, Mindy.Hugs & prayers.
Michael and Maureen Lytle says
Thank you for the talk last night. My heart is still with you this morning. I love your choosing….because when we can't see we have to choose to take one step at a time by faith. Love you, sister.
Well, it didn't fully post the first time…here is the song….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0Byp7aK2DA
Mindy -When I read this post on FB a song immediately sang into my mind. It was so strong, I know it must be for you and yours. Please share it with the Innocent Man.<3Suzyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0Byp7aK2DA
~ Tandis ~ says
Mindy… I don't really know what to say, I'm praying and thinking of you all. I watched yesterday for news to post and have been thinking about it all this morning, wondering. Now I read the news and my stomach is revolting. I have a lump in my throat and I wish I could give you all a hug to let you know how much I care. I will pray especially for the Innocent Man and that he is able to stay strong in the Lord as he has said he wants to be a good ministry. LOVE YOU!! ~Tandis
I know you must all be heartbroken. May God answer your many prayers and this man use this time for His glory like his admirable predecessor, Joseph.