“No word from the Governor, I’m sorry.”
I hate this job, how many over the years has it been? It doesn’t get any easier. Especially when they’ve been here for so long, a listener observes.
“How long until…?”
“A minute after midnight.”
Quick glances of the clock.
“What do I need to do?”
“Have you gone to the bathroom?”
“I suppose I better, it was a big meal and I wouldn’t want you to have to clean it up,” a hint of a smile accompanies the twinkle in the eyes.
“I’ve got to know you over the years; still have the sense of humor. How’s your faith holding up?”
Even though I don’t like what I do, it is so much easier when I hear this. I know there is always fear but just knowing what lies on the other side for someone in this place reduces the stress.
“I’ll be back when you’re done. Do you mind if we pray when I return?”
“You don’t have to ask. You’re the one who taught me how.”
Thank You Lord. You have assigned me this work to do and You make it easier during times like this.
“Okay, I’m ready. Can you come into the cell? Kneel with me?”
“You know the rules. We have to kneel together with the bars between us.”
“Okay. But this is the last time we will praise our Saviour together with bars between us,” the twinkle returns.
Two believers, one a free man, the other soon to be free, worship the Great Forgiver. One man the enforcer of “the law”, one no longer under the “law of sin and death.” Both scheduled for “life” with one’s appointed time known.
“I’m sorry to have to break this up, you two, but we need to keep on schedule,” the warden arrives.
Through the bars hands clasp harder, heads rise to meet tearing eyes. Tears of joy and sorrow.
The separation will be short. Too short.
Cuffed hands and feet, the slow pace gives all time to reflect. The door with the big window opens.
“Does ‘Old Sparky’ really spark?” Forcing a smile.
“Friend, if it does, it will be the closest to fire you will ever experience,” genuine smiles greet moist eyes.
“Old Sparky.” I hate that name but how he mentioned it I’m more comfortable with sending this one off…power me up!
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