Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster,  to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11  

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purposes for them. Romans 8:28 

I am a firm believer that God has a plan for my life and it has been interesting to watch it work out over the years. Here is one example: From the time the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) opened until 2014, my daughter worked there, teaching offenders to be registered opticians. This was a job about which she stated, “I think I’m finally where God wants me to be.” She was an inspiration to those she met and worked with there. Because of her, I volunteered to work there as a tutor in the GED program with math in 2003. I was able to do this for only a few years, as I needed to become full-time care giver for my husband.

After my husband died in the fall of 2006, a friend invited me to the UMW Christmas Prayer Breakfast at Rock Spring United Methodist Church. At this breakfast, word was going around that the ladies had a volunteer to go into FCCW to teach A Purpose Driven Life in January. Volunteers can’t go in alone so they were desperate to find someone else. There wasn’t time to have a person trained to go in by January.

God knew this all the time! God had me invited to the breakfast so I would volunteer, since I was already allowed to go in. To make a long story short, I’ve been volunteering there since January of 2007 for the Kingsway Prison and Family Ministries. This has been a blessing to my life and I hope it has been so for the offenders. I ask that you pray for these offenders and for the staff and officers at FCCW that all will be blessed during this Christmas season.

-Pat Cutright, member of Trinity United Methodist Church, North Garden, and sister-in-law of Nancy Berman 

Prayer: Thank you, God, for your good plans for us. Help us to be open to them that we might be a blessing to others in your name. Amen.