I was there to witness his graduation from a 6-month faith based program that focused on life skills. He relished the good news that he had been accepted into a Christian halfway house upon release.
He reminded me that his birthday is next week. He will be 52. No, this is not some juvenile misstep. This has been a lifelong pattern of behavior. He enjoys the benefits he accumulates while pushing the boundaries of society. His defense is consistent--I never hurt anybody. He always repents and acts penitent, but somehow the message has never gotten to the control center of his being. I pray that this time it has. I always pray for that.