During the opening song, Doris leaned over and whispered, "Notice the tattoo on the arm of the person sitting in front of us" (close up pictured left). I read those words as I watched the man mouthing the words, "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus" - a bit paradoxical, don't you think?
Again during the prayer service, I watched him sing, "In Thee O Lord, do I put my trust." At that moment, I snapped the photo top left, whereupon he stood and made his way to the altar to place an Amen upon those words (right after the photo was taken).
I introduced myself following the service, asking permission to take a photo of his tattoo for a blog I would be writing. His name is Neil and he is presently residing in the Honolulu ARC program. He's come a long way since having those words inked on his forearm. Now the words, "Trust in Jesus," are inked upon his heart.
It wasn't appropriate or timely to ask about the story behind that tattoo. I did gather, however, that he is involved in The Rock, my son's beach corps on the West shore. So "the rest of the story" will come later. I can't wait to hear it.