Prisoner's Prayer


When I have served my sentence,
God... I pray that I will be
... A credit to my country and
... To my community... That
I may not do wrong again... And I
may never stray... Beyond
Your Ten Commandments or...What
any law may say...
For I have learned my lesson,
God... And I would start anew
... To walk in good society... and
live my life for You... I
want to put away my past
... And build a future bright...With
honesty and decency... And all
I know is right... That I may
gain Your blessing, God... And
my eternal goal... And by
My good example I... May save
another soul.


James J. Metcalfe


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