Two weeks ago, I worshipped with New Beginnings Church at the Colorado Women's Correctional Facility. I was there in Denver with other members of the board of Prison Congregations of America, which helps facilitate the founding of congregations like New Beginnings.
One of the centerpieces of the two-hour within-the-walls church experience was the song Word of God Speak. It was familiar to me from contemporary worship services I've attended in recent years.
It's a wonderful song inside the walls or out. Some of the words, however, carried extra depth when sung from the depths of prison.
"To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak"
The simple words and gentle music indeed helped us all know that God was. is, and will be in that place - and in all places where people are sent as punishment.