I was sitting with about 25 guys from the Jackson Prison segregation unit many years ago listening to a recording on a small cassette recorder on a long table. Some were sitting, while some were standing so they could hear what was being said.
They were listening to a kid's Christmas book titled "All Is Well" by Frank Peretti about a young girl being raised by her mother. They had little money and it seemed like they had little hope. Their world, it seemed, was crumbling. And, it wouldn't be long before they would hit rock bottom with a splat.
The little girl didn't see it that way. She was able to see the world through a different lens.
When this played in our prison Bible study, you could hear a pin drop. These guys were looking for hope. This story made them rethink the places where they put their hope. It made a difference for some of them. That night just before Christmas, there was some peace in that prison meeting room and there was hope.