Pastor Tom Cowger
God’s Special Time
Kairos is a Greek word for time. Where chronology is time as we know it; ticking along a second, minute, hour, day, week, month at a time. Kairos is God’s special time. Where God enters the moments of our days and lives with a special awareness of His presence in our lives.
Kairos is the word used by Paul to describe the uniqueness of Jesus entering time.
“When the “fullness of time” had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those who were under law so that we might receive adoption as children of God.” Galatians 4:4
The Kairos Prison Ministry experience is 3½ days set aside with a sequence of talks, music, interactive exercises, and relationship building focused on the special awareness of God’s love and forgiveness for each of us.
The weekend is outlined as follows:
Thursday Night: Encountering Kairos. This is a time to reduce anxiety and begin building a comfort level for both participants and team members.
Friday: Encountering Self. The day is focused on participants understanding themselves and their standing with God.
Saturday: Encountering Christ. The day is focused on examining our relationship with Christ and others and the role of forgiveness in those relationships.
Sunday: Encountering Others. On the last day we begin the process of growing in faith and community with others.
Participants and team members are organized into family groups they stay in the whole time. Jerry Cross and I were in the family of Mark with another team member and three residents of Radgowski. There were two other family groups, the family of John and the family of Peter. As the weekend progresses trust builds as team members and
participants interact and share their stories.
Friendship with God as an overarching theme. It was significant to unpack this question. What is a friend? The concise answer; a friend wants the very best for your life. We had plenty of time to talk about the people in our lives that we may have called friends, who in the long run do not have our best interest in mind. Then we had a chance
to compare that to the friendship God offers us in Jesus.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends. John 15:13
In the talk on forgiveness this truth jumped out. When you sin, GOD RUNS to YOU, not from you. It was a joy to share this good news and see the awareness of God’s unending love touch the lives of the participants.
There was an open mic time on Sunday. They shared how they felt upon arriving at Kairos, what they found over the weekend, and what they will be taking with them. It was very powerful to hear them share their movement from brokenness, to finding love, forgiveness and hope for their future. You could tell God touched them with a special
awareness of His presence in their lives.
Thank you for your prayers, for the visual aid of the prayer hands and place-mats showing the love of many! Please
keep the residents and staff of Radgowski in your prayers.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Tom