Penitentiaries are not the typical place to learn about love; however, I attended Kairos in 2003-2004 while at the United States Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana. Kairos is a prison outreach program where people of different faiths come together to teach the central theme about the love Jesus Christ has for us. Kairos means in God’s Special Time.
During the gratifying experience, I learned about Agape love. The mentors taught that Agape love is unconditional, it is how God loves us mere mortals. I do not have to do anything to receive it, other than to open up my heart and let the love flow in through the portals God opens for me to receive it.
I am loved in light of my many character defects and imperfections. That is real love, because God is love.
Agape love is a powerful form of love God allows us to share with others, without stipulations or expectations of return, or favors in exchange. It is free, the best deal around. I am blessed with serenity when I am able to open up and let the love shine in. Wayne T. Dowdy, straightfromthepen.com