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April 10, 2016

April 10, 2016

Scripture:  JOHN 21:1-19            

     One of the many jobs I had before I went into the ministry was in a suburb of Boston at a home for developmentally disabled adults who had committed crimes.  This was a kind of halfway house intended to help these men transition from prison and learn to live on their own in the community.  My work schedule was the best one I ever had in my life.  I arrived at this home on Friday afternoon at 5:00, slept there on Friday and Saturday nights, and left on Sunday at 5:00.  Forty eight hours straight and then five days off!  It was sweet!

     Four men lived in this house: Joe Diaz, Joe DeRocher, Bill Bailey, and Teddy O’Neil.  The other staff and I taught them to do laundry, ride the subway, clean, cook, shop, and whatever else.  Joe DeRocher was strong and gentle.  Billy Bailey did not want you to sing “Won’t you come home, B