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I am in prison serving a life sentence for first degree murder. In here I have a lot of time to think about how I came to be here. In doing so, I have come to recognize the many changes I have undergone. Every stage of my life has been marked by extremes. I have gone from a destitute hitchhiker sleeping under a bridge in the pouring rain to a successful assistant administrator of a living facility for the elderly. Finally, I have become a lonely convict in a cold beige prison cell. My life has run the gamut of human futility. This served to bring me face to face with the wretched soul I had become.

I tried all manner of sin. I went from drugs and alcohol to sexual immorality and witchcraft, only to experience an emptiness within my soul. I felt an increasing degeneracy within which brought my mental and physical deterioration to a climax. This climax was rapid, yet seemed so gradual. Emotionally, I was devastated and I began to feel there was no reason for living anymore. That is when the next demonic spirit came upon me. "Suicide" became rather appealing. It seemed preferred, to the alternative which was living. Still, with all that has been win or lose within my life, I had yet to have realized that I was slowly and methodically killing myself by my uncontrollable desire to destroy anything and everything around me. I was also unaware of the self-inflicted wounds that were festering and oozing a bitterness that was consuming my heart and my life, to say the least of those also around me.

It wasn't so much the addictions in my life that brought me to this certain destruction of who I am today, but the pattern for the better high. I wanted more money, more sex to feed my soul. Though there were many times within hospitals and jails I sought to rid myself of the evil within, all was done in vain. Obviously, these were not the answers to the problems that were lying within. I would only wake up again in yet another drug demented state of mind in another crazy house or jail where there was no one to blame but myself. Yes, I heard about this Savior, Jesus, but I did not believe or accept Him. I thought Him to be a liar, lunatic or a mad man. And many years passed, living within my evil to avail at nothing. Yet nothing changed, and on a terrible and tragic night in October of 1990, I helped deal death to another person. To this day I am not sure of how it all really happened. But on that night, in yet another demented state of mind, I helped in consuming another human life.

Fortunately for me there was a miracle wrought within my life. This miracle broke the bonds of sin and addictions and replaced them with peace within my soul, filled the emptiness in my heart and transformed this once wretched soul into a useful human being! A miracle only possible through the saving grace of Jesus Christ! Hallelujah! Praise God!

Friends, if there has been any purpose in my sin-filled life of misery, surely it must be to show others the wonderful healing transformation God will perform if we will only call upon Him!

If you, too have felt as I have or are struggling with addictions of this world, be assured there is someone who can pluck you from the mire of self-indulgence, the grime of sinful lusts and the blackness of an empty heart and wash you as white as snow. Your only hope, as with mine, is Jesus! Only He can bring you peace and joy! Only He can bring you to this miracle of redemption and give your soul rest.

My friend, we are creatures of two worlds. The body lives in this world for a while and then will spend eternity somewhere else. The soul will live forever. The solution to your problems are not in mere knowledge, but in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! Not only as your Savior, but as the Master and Lord to whom you have surrendered your life.

We have a loving Heavenly Father who has made plans for us to spend eternity with Him. He tells us this in John 14:3. He said, "I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am there you will also be."

Please, if you don't do anything else, pull out the Holy Bible and read the following scriptures.

John 10:10 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23
I John 1:9 John 6:37 and Romans 10:13

Today is the day of salvation! Accept Jesus today!

This is my story. I am sure you have one too. I would like to hear from you.

Please write:

DeSoto Correctional Institution
Jeremy Sly #719954
P.O. Box 1072, Mail No. 419
Arcadia, FL 33821

Hey YOUth! If you have scriptures or an experience that you would like to share, please write to us; we'd love to hear from you!

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