This time last year

by adustyframe ~ August 9th, 2007

This time last year, Lee was in a county jail.

We had lost the appeal (the case which we had 1st won).

We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know when.

Pastor walked into the store one afternoon.  I didn’t have any customers.

Interesting how the Lord works that out.

He said, “I wanted you to know that I was at the jail visiting someone else in Lee’s unit.

When I was there, the state came with a van to take Lee to prison. He was able to step in and tell me before he left.”

I started to cry. Not out loud. Just big hot tears rolling down my face.

“Are you ok?” he asked.

I nodded my head and tried to smile. “It’s just such an ugly word.” I whispered.

We talked about how prison really was better than jail.

In jail, we had to visit through the glass. I’d sit and watch him cry on the other side of the glass and I couldn’t do anything to comfort him other than touch my hands to the glass. It was pathetic.

In jail, he couldn’t work. He couldn’t go outside. He couldn’t take classes or go to the gym.

He just sat and sat and sat.

At least in prison, he could go outside and get some sun. He could work to pass the time. He could see about taking some classes.

I could touch him.

Really, I knew it would be better. I just hated hearing that word and thinking that he was there.

A year of prison has passed us by. We have less than a year to live through. It’s still such an ugly word.


8 Thoughts Shared to This time last year

  1. Christy

    I’m sorry, Lizzie. (((Hugs))) Thank you for sharing your journey … including the difficult, heart-wrenching parts.

    You mentioned “less than a year.” Does that mean Lee comes home in less than a year?

  2. Susanna

    I think I missed a post some where along the line. Do you now know how long Lee will be in prison for? Praise God that He has brought you all through this hard year and may you know the strength and grace needed for the time that is ahead. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  3. Lisa


  4. Kristi from NC

    You are still in my thoughts and prayers. Your story has really been an encouragement.

  5. Heather

    God is good and is in perfect control. I have learned so much more about the way He works reading all that you have shared over the past year and it is amazing to see all He has done.

    Email me when you have a moment. I have a new server with plenty of free space –if you are still interested in having your own domain I could set it up for you there so it would all be free for you.

  6. adustyframe

    Well, yes it’s less than a year, but there are still a lot of unknowns. We’re not “home free” in less than a year.

  7. Andrea

    I am praying for a special blessing for you today. I am so glad for our God of comfort. You are an encouragement & blessing to me.

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