Jailhouse Redemption


On their way to a place of prayer

Paul and Silas met a slave soothsayer.

She followed them, which they thought odd,

Proclaiming they served the Most High God.


“Listen,” she said, “for the way to be saved.”

And she kept this up for many long days.

Paul didn’t need the help of the sayer,

To tell about Jesus, His love and His care.


So he said to the spirit inside the young sayer,

“In the name of the Lord Jesus, come out of her.”

This made the owners of the slave girl so furious,

They seized and imprisoned both Paul and Silas.


Stripped and beaten and fastened in stocks,

Paul and Silas sang songs, ignoring the locks.

When all of a sudden the jailhouse did rock,

The doors, they flew open; the chains they fell off.


Alarmed, the jailer drew up his sword,

He thought the men ran without a saying a word.

Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself, for we’re all here!

Turn on the lights and see your way clear.”


The jailer was shocked by Paul’s mercy and grace,

He asked him the question how he could be saved.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus,” is just what Paul said.

Then the jailer knelt down and bowed his head.


Each one in his family followed his lead.

They looked to God to meet their need.

Then the jailer filled a tub with water quite tepid,

Paul baptized them by the Father, Son and the Spirit.


Each one of us has a choice to believe,

Love and trust Jesus, His spirit receive.

Surrounded by grace, He’ll open our eyes,

He’ll bring joy in the morning each day of our lives.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Good writing, Sue!


  2. Thank you, Patrick. I’ve never written poetry before but I’m having fun with it.


  3. Sue,
    I try my hand at it once in a while, but I’m more free verse. Here’s one of mine



    P.S. I’ve had some stuff going on lately but I will get to the last two lessons asap.


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