An open letter to John Cortez
It's nearly Christmas again. As in Dickens' A Christmas Carol, you are being visited by memories of Christmas past and my great concern for you last year. Remember? You are being visited by Christmas present - running and hiding without a safe, peaceful place to go. See yourself as we do.
The good news is that Christmas future is yours to begin to determine today. How will you be remembered next year, as one who did the right thing or as one who continued to run and hide until time ran out? Turn yourself in/call me today. Do it for yourself, do it for your children, do it for your mama, do it for your community, do it for your victims, do it because the God who made you still loves you and hopes that your free choice will align with good and not evil from this moment. Today is not too late, John. I still love you, too.
You know that I was sent to you one night last year. God nudged me to go and you did not send me away. In that second of your life, the walls keeping you locked in that place had a hole knocked in them. Let's finish this part of the journey. Christmas is about giving. You can't hold or keep this Christmas for yourself, you must give it away by taking the first step into a good future by turning yourself in.
It is my prayer for you and the year ahead. "For a child has been born to us, a son given to us; authority rests on his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Merry Christmas, John. Rev. Bev (Myers) Newark