Fireworks Behind Bars

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Forgive Everyone Co. wants to wish you a happy 4th of July. However, we also urge you to take some time to ponder what it means to be free. To have autonomy over your life. As you commune with family and friends and revel at the beauty of fireworks, I urge you to remember the approximately 2.4 million individuals who are not free on this day in the United States of America, and who are unable to be with their friends, their husbands, their wives, their daughters, their sons, their grandchildren, and their loved ones of all kinds on this day. Consider their lives. Consider their humanity. They are men, women, and children. Regardless of the offenses they have committed that have landed them in their position (justly or otherwise), their life has intrinsic value and worth. Today they hear the fireworks of freedom through the walls of a prison.

So today, as you enjoy freedom, cherish it. Value it. Hold dearly to it. And in your appreciation for your blessings and your privileges, remember those in prison. Pray for those in prison. Keep them and their families and their friends in your mind. Remember that radical redemption is possible no matter the circumstance and every single human being is worthy of that redemption.

Today, pour out love on your family and friends. Then don't stop. Keep pouring. Keep loving. Keep caring for every human being on this planet.

Everyone deserves love. Everyone needs forgiveness.

So forgive everyone.

Here's to love, and more love, on this day of freedom.

Skyler Rich


Forgive Everyone Co.