Psalm 102 is a lament—an expression of deep anguish in the face of deep suffering. As you read it, imagine a wrongly convicted inmate in his cell. Then, use Psalm 10 as a prayer for those who are incarcerated wrongfully and for those who continue to be punished long after their release from prison.
Two years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that giving juveniles mandatory life sentences violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling was based in part on brain research that shows that teenage brains are less developed than adult brains. (A Mandatory Life Sentence means that the judge in the case was required by law to give the sentence.) Several states, including Pennsylvania, have refused to reconsider the mandatory life sentences handed out prior to the Supreme Court ruling. However, on Thursday, March 20, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that new sentencing hearings be held for 100 prisoners who were given mandatory life sentences when they were teenagers. To learn more about this ruling and the controversy it has created, link HERE. What do you think?
There is no devotional for Sunday, March 16