He wore a cross around his neck
above his tats in prison blue,
skin art of death and violence,
and similar tattoos.
His eyes were mean and evil,
and his heart was cold as snow,
he had a bad complexion,
that matched his blackened soul.
When he smiled his missing teeth
looked like the gates of hell,
and if he had a lick of good,
it was pretty hard to tell.
But now he was a free man;
by law he’d done his time,
he couldn’t get early parole;
ten years for every crime.
But, still, he wears that cross,
and it makes me wonder why,
and I think of our dear Savior,
and I almost start to cry.
He died upon that cross
to save us from our sins,
and I wonder if He meant
to include the likes of him.
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God did not put any names on His free gift. Jesus said, "Whosoever." I am thankful for this, for if He had said "Thomas", He might would have meant another Thomas. "Whosoever" includes even me and you and everyone. This includes the man who was in prison and looks terrible from your description. To wear the cross is one thing, but to know the One who died on the cross is eternal life. Thank you for sharing. Thomas