For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner is a mother, a Christian, a student of theology — and the only woman on Georgia’s death row.

…She has accepted full responsibility for her crime and has become a powerful voice for good. While in prison, Kelly has been a pastoral presence to many, teaching, preaching, and living a life of purpose. Her life is an extraordinary example of the rehabilitation that the corrections system aims to produce. Kelly is a living testimony to the possibility of change and the power of hope.

Despite the testimony of clergy, educators, former inmates, corrections officers, and Kelly’s own children pleading for their mother’s life before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, Kelly could soon face death.

Last I heard, Gissendaner is to be executed tonight, though they have already postponed twice this year.

Deut. 32:35, coincidentally part of last week’s Torah portion: “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”

(Or, in Paul’s words, ‘leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.’)

Georgia: ‘Nah, G, we got this.’

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