After such a long and crazy winter, doesn’t it feel good to see the signs of spring (well, maybe sans the “sand storms” of yellow pine pollen!)? New life is bursting forth everywhere like a wild young bull out of the rodeo gate. It screams to us in the neon green of the new tree growth; delirious fragrances tantalizing our senses waft sneakily up from the hyacinths, paperwhites and daffodils; whistling while they work, every bird tweets the message between the nesting bits in their beaks. It doesn’t take too keen an eye or sharp an ear to notice the signs of the new season all around us (of course, there’s always the big hint of sneezing and itchy eyes :-/). The seasons mimic the ebb and flow of life, but spring’s special message of rebirth reminds us of the beauty that can come after death. In Christendom we have just celebrated Holy Week, culminating with the celebration of Easter—Jesus offering us new life through His death on the Cross. In Judaism, it’s the celebration of Passover—another kind of new life commemorating the Spirit of Death passing over the Israelites, sparing their lives! In Christendom we have just celebrated Holy Week, culminating with the celebration of Easter—Jesus offering us new life through His death on the Cross. In Judaism, it’s the celebration of Passover—another kind of new life commemorating the Spirit of Death passing over the Israelites, sparing their lives!
There are all kinds of ways we experience death and rebirth, ushering in new life. Think about the rhythm of relationships, careers, personal growth, emotional development, even the “seasons” in a person’s life: their own childhood, college days, married or single adult life, parenting, midlife transition, grandparenthood. “Out with the old and in with the new” is a pattern we see played over and over again.
This concept is crucial at Pharaoh’s Daughter, too. If we do not convey the hope of new life—backed by the support of practical solutions--after the feeling of “death” from committing a crime and spending time in prison, resulting in being absent from their child(ren), our women will waver under the heavy weight of guilt and shame, and crumple with the added strain of the responsibility of taking care of their child/children after release—a double whammy! Pharaoh’s Daughter’s mission is to offer “rebirth” to lives damaged by imprisonment, restoring the broken relationship between an incarcerated mother and her child(ren). Caring for the emotional and physical needs of the children throughout the time the mothers are away, we will also be waiting to help their mothers to be able to build a new life for themselves after they are released, through our programs of education, mentoring, and opportunities. It’s time for a turnaround. It’s time for our justice system to actually be THAT. It’s time for prison to mean what it was intended for…to pay a debt, and once the debt is paid, the debtor is released to be a contributing and productive member of society, NOT a drain to our taxes over and over again.
Pharaoh’s Daughter is accepting donations of time, prayer, and money towards its advancement of opening its doors to offer women and their children new life. Please contact us at the information below to find out more or to see how you can join us. …And look around for hints of your own “new life” after the “death” of something. As a forest grows more abundantly after a fire, humans need to hit the “reset button” sometimes, too, to get a better perspective on what’s reallygoing on. Delight in the beauty that surrounds you, Susan Henson