MY LIFE IS IN HIS HANDS
Chuck Colson tells about going to Salem, OR. & preaching to prisoners there. Kathy Trocoli went with him, sang the song, "My Life is in His Hands."
After the service was over, one of the inmates came up to Kathy and said, "I really want to thank you for singing that song. It ministered to me so much." He said, "My soul was dry."
She asked, "Why is that?"
He answered, "Well, I’m here in prison, and I have a lot of time left to serve. I received a letter this past week from my wife asking for a divorce. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did, and I felt like there was nothing left for me. But now I realize that my life is in the hands of God, and that somehow it will be okay. I really want to thank you for singing that song."
Five days later, Chuck Colson and Kathy Troccoli were in Chicago, more than 1,000 miles from Oregon. They were in a prison there, and Kathy sang that same song, "My Life is in Your Hands."
Afterwards, a woman came up to Kathy and said, "I really want to thank you for singing that song. My soul has been so dry." Almost the same exact words.
Again Kathy asked, "Why?"
She said, "Well, my husband is in prison, too, and I felt like I couldn’t put up with it anymore. So I wrote him last week and asked for a divorce. But I’m not at peace about it."
Her husband was the man they had met back in Salem, OR. Kathy was able to minister to her, & now God is healing the marriage & bringing them back together again.
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