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Dignity in a Bottle

Thank you all for the support of our supply drive for the jail. We have dropped off three big loads of journals, paper, shampoo, Nair, soap, deodorant, lotion, and art supplies. Your kind and generous gifts of love are making a difference, and we see it every time we are in the jail.

The other day I ran into Myesha as she was returning from court. I barely recognized her. “Chaplain, it’s me, Myesha! I bet you didn’t recognize me without my beard,” she said joyfully. The deputy escorting her seemed embarrassed as he quietly said, “She’s really proud of that and telling everyone.” Myesha is 64 years old and has been living on the streets for over 15 years. She walked down the hallway in handcuffs looking around at everyone and smiling. Her hair was pulled back away from her face into a ponytail revealing a youthful spark in her eyes.

In our baptismal covenant we “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” In this moment Myesha found dignity in a bottle of Nair, and she found love in her peers helping her get ready for court. The work of chaplaincy takes on many forms, but ultimately it is always about love.


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