Everything’s Gonna Be All Right

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Everything's Gonna Be All Right

I grew up bad. Man, I was bad. I knew I was bad, and I didn’t even care. I did so many things I can’t even remember them all. Tell you what, I should be dead. That’s right.

I ended up here in prison, twenty years. I deserve it. I was one of the toughest guys in prison. No one messed with me.

Then one day I saw another guy, a tough guy, too. I saw him walk up to a little guy, who was new and scared, and he said; “Everything’s gonna be all right.” That’s all he said, then he walked on. But it helped that little guy, I could see. I could see it in his face. He settled down. Got confidence. Got courage. And I thought, I’m all torn up inside. Nobody knows it, but that’s me too. It helped me to hear that man say it even though he didn’t say it to me. There was a confidence in his voice, and he gave his confidence to that little guy. He didn’t know it, but he also gave it to me. And I probably needed it more that that other man. I went to a Bible study in our prison block later and found out that the tough guy was a Christian. He opened his Bible and showed me this: “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other as indeed you are doing” (1 Thess 5:11).

Yesterday a new guy was sent to our block. He had the hangdog look, you know, and I passed him and looked him in the eye, and I said, “Don’t worry, brother. Everything’s gonna be all right. The Lord’s looking out for you.”

– A.R.


O LORD, you will hear the desire of the meek;

you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your

ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed.

(Psalm 10:17–18)

The above story is from the book “Jesus In Jail” by Frederick Hermann, available on Amazon by clicking here. This excerpt is gratefully used with permission.

Frederick Hermann is the author of several books including “I Am With You Always”, “How to Forgive Anyone for Anything”, “The Joyful Life”, and “The Spirit Set Me Free”. These practical and inspiring books will guide you to find true healing, lasting peace, and delightful consolation as you discover the life-changing power of God in your daily life, in all circumstances, both joyful and sorrowful, right now. Even in the midst of sorrow, grief, or loneliness, the peace of Christ can be yours today. He is a popular speaker for audiences of all ages using a dynamic question and answer style to encourage lively discussion, soul searching, and audience participation. To invite him to speak at your next retreat, church group, youth group or special event, contact him at [email protected]


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