Michael Morton was 14 years into his prison sentence when he heard his 18-year-old son was changing his last name. Morton fell into a deep depression and cried out to God for help. For weeks there was nothing. But then, he tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn, something happened.
"It wasn't an unusual day ... it was just another gray day in prison," he says.
He turned on his radio to listen to music before going to sleep. On a classical station out of Houston, he heard something strange: a harp.
"Without any sort of inkling of what was about to happen, all of a sudden, [in] that dark prison cell [in the] middle of the night I was bathed in this bright, golden light," he says.
Morton says he felt at peace.
"More than anything else, I felt this limitless compassion aimed right at me — a mother's unconditional love magnified a million times," he says. "It was love. It was gonna be OK. I knew, without a doubt, that this was the presence of God ... and now, life makes perfect sense."