Christian Meditation

May, 1976
1976 HFP, Volume 8 Number 3

Oil billionaire J. Paul Gerry died, leaving $1.2 billion to his art museum in California. The U.S. Air Force Academy accepted female cadets for the first time. An Air France Airbus en route from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked and taken to Uganda. And an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic was killed by a car bomb while working on an expose on the Mafia.

Our brother Jackson Wilcox created a full page comic titled "The Sign of the Cross" about Pontius Pilate and the crucifixion of Jesus. Founding editor Duane Pederson continued his series on Christian meditation. Our mailbox was filled with letters from prisoners, prison chaplains, and old friends. (Are you an old friend of the HFP? You can still write to us today -- see our contact page for details.)

A friend Juan Jose shared his journey from "dope to hope", finding Jesus after 25 years of drug addiction and 20 years in state prison in Texas. "I thought the preacher was talking to me," Juan wrote, "when he said 'I don't care what you've done, God wants to change your life.'" Our runaway friend D.F. had had "too much reality." After ten years in and out of prison, "I robbed a man, and because he had only ten dollars, I pistol-whipped him." After a lifetime of running away, D.F. finally ran towards something -- a new life through Jesus. Our friend Denny found himself "28 years old and facing my fifth felony charge. I had been through two marriages, and I was an alcoholic. Things seemed dim." While Denny was waiting for his trial, some Christian college students visited the felony section of the jail. "Now," he wrote, "I am praising God for everything."

The photo at right shows a group of young Jesus People sharing a meal at a Gathering in southern California. The cartoon by our friend Jerry Belguim at lower right depicts Jesus holding the earth in His hand. "Jesus needs you," the caption reads, "and the world needs us."

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