Have you been praying for me?”
That seemed like such a weird question, because Dani knows I pray for him. Everyday. I love Dani, he is truly my best friend, he knows more about me than anyone (with the exception of God). He knows my joys, my sorrows, and my secrets, and Dani loves all of me, anyway.
“I heard from the appeals court, they decided on my case”. My stomach already hurt, and at that moment, I think my heart stopped, I thought if he says “they denied it”, I think I might die. But I changed my tone, “be strong I thought”…. He continues, “they ruled to hear my case”.
Those are the best six words I have heard in days. I tell you, that this is a small step. But one in a long journey. A step in the right direction. I don’t even know how to explain to you how my heart felt. Reading a book about grace, being wrapped in it. And then this. This is something I don’t deserve. You are probably thinking that it his case doesn’t affect me, but it does. The thought of having my friend home when I have a bad day, I can call him, and he will be there for me in person not just in thought. To know that I can call him when I get great news, and he will be for me in person, not just in thought. The fact that I will be able to call him, that is just a great thought in itself.
I am asking you to pray. I know it’s hard to pray for someone in prison. But most of us, we’re all ex-somethings. I just want you to pray for grace for my friend. Pray for wisdom for the lawyers, open hearts and minds for the people deciding. Pray for the things that are freely given, the unmerited favor and love of God. If your prayer list is really long and you don’t think you can pray for one more thing… if I am included on that prayer list, take me off and put him on.
It’s funny because I have a friend (MB) who wondered how I could be friend’s with someone like Dani, my friend thought that I shouldn’t be friends with Dani and kind of told me in a nice way to stop being his friend. And I will tell you, at that moment, we got into it. I said, “Dani would never ask me to stop being your friend, why would you do that? If you were in prison, would you want me to abandon you?” I knew MB’s answer. MB was my second call when I got the news, I think MB was as excited for me as I was.
This has been going on for 12 years, falsely convicted of natural life in prison with no parole. Dani’s family has had many ups and downs, and even though Dani and I have been friends since the summer before 6th grade (more than 20 years), I have only been on this part of the journey for 5 years, and it weighs on my heart. I’ll be praying.
I’m so excited!!
2Samuel 24:14 David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.