Tuesday, June 4, 2019 -
How fitting, at the close of the six-month mark of my time in prison, I received two letters that made me weep. One was signed by my daughter, Victoria, and granddaughter, Evelyn. They sent several photos of 1-year old Evelyn holding and kissing a photo of me, and also one showing the wear and tear of that photo of me and her:
“Dad, you might think these photos are kind of odd, but I wanted you to see and know that Evelyn looks at you every day. We talk about you every day and, as you can see from the picture I took of your picture, it is very worn from her holding it, kissing it, and hugging it! Hopefully, these are an encouragement to you…she knows and loves you! Love, Victoria and Evelyn”
Then, after a good cry, I opened this first-time letter from a lady I’ve never met from Maine:
“Dear Mr. Zodhiates, I first came into contact with your name in my NASB Bible, edited by your father, Spiros. I have followed the story of the small part you did to help a little girl from being ravaged by a pedophile, and I admire your efforts. Three years in prison is a small price to pay to have a clean conscience before God. I should know; my children were also sexually molested by a pedophile, and one later committed suicide. Perhaps you kept that little girl from such a fate!
“We were singing hymns last night, and while we were singing this one, your fate came to mind: ‘Faith of our fathers living still, in spite of dungeon, fire and sword, O how our hearts beat high with joy, whenever we hear that glorious word! Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to Thee till death! Our fathers, chained in prison’s dark, were still in heart and conscience free; How sweet would be their children’s fate, if they like them could die for thee! Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to Thee till death.’
“I would encourage you to hold fast to your convictions. In such a world where pedophiles are considered righteous and those defending the purity of children are locked in prison, it won’t be long till Jesus returns for us…” – Lori from Maine
Thank you, Victoria, Evelyn, and Lori.