Our son-in-law is a featured soloist in almost every HIS MEN presentation these days.
Before he sings, he tells a story to his audience about a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park as a child. When all lights were doused in the cave, he explained that he could not see his hand in front of his eyes. But then a tour leader ignited one little cigarette lighter. Light from the tiny, flickering flame filled the entire cavern.
He uses this story to introduce the next song: This Little Light. He sings the solo, backed up by the male chorus, and every audience finds it most pleasing. Especially in prison performances!
In a 40th Anniversary concert by HIS MEN last Sunday, HFP Board Chairman Dan Rooks spoke right after that presentation, and he picked up on the same theme.
He told about the darkness in prison...a darkness that you feel the minute you pass through the steel gate. And he asked the audience to just imagine the light that fills the room when HIS MEN goes behind bars to share music and the story of Jesus.
Some will contend that the HIS MEN prison visits over the years contributed to my career now as a prisoner advocate. Perhaps so.
But I can attest to one thing: Lee's story, and Dan's remarks completely apply to all that HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS is doing: not only behind bars, but also in our email, telephone and snail-mail communication with prisoners. 7 days a week, we're prying one little slat of the shuttered Venetian blinds to allow a little ray of light into prison darkness.
May God continue to bless our little light, that we might let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.