Today, when I returned to my cell at the end of the work day, I sat down on my bunk and
began to give thanks to the Lord. You see, it was on the 19th of August, 1977, that I stood on the brink of eternity. For
it was at this time that police officers surrounded me with their guns drawn.
could have been shot dead right on the spot! If any one of those officers opened fire, which could
have easily happened on that dark street, I would have gone straight to Hell. For at that time (1977)
I was a demon-possessed, tormented, lost and evil man who hated Jesus Christ.
Lord in his mercy protected me because He knew there would come a day when my sins would be forgiven, that I would repent
and believe the gospel.
was arrested in 1977, and in 1987 the Lord began to soften my heart and touch me. It had been a long
gap in between with even another brush with death in 1979, when a inmate slit my throat with a razor blade. I
could have died right then on a cellblock tier in the infamous Attica Prison.
here I stand today, praising God and thanking Him. I know I am undeserving of His mercy. But
with each day, not only am I grateful, but I am learning that God's mercy is like His love. It cannot
2000 David Berkowitz