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Some kind souls broke into our church recently. It probably happened at night when the area was empty and quiet. The thieves broke the lock and stole our sound equipment and left paperwork strewn all over the vestry (office). No-one heard or saw it happening, but it has left us feeling vulnerable. People in the area are now wary and everyone is suspicious of strangers coming into the neighbourhood. It was a rotten thing to happen to a happy church family. It has left us all feeling insecure and unprotected. I’m sure they were looking for money, hence the emptied paperwork boxes. It would have been better and less expensive if they had come to the church and spoken about their hardship.  We may have been able to help. But No!

Thieves violate the common trust of the neighbourhoods and communities that they rob. They disturb the peace of the people and tear up neighbours emotionally. They become a scourge of society and sadly, because of the times we are in, theft and robbery are increasing. It’s a form of domestic terrorism and it’s something that we all have to combat by being good neighbours and looking out for one another.

The novelist John Updike put his finger on the pain of our prosperity with this observation: “The fact that we still live well cannot ease the pain of feeling that we no longer live nobly.”

Of money and its limits, someone said:

“It can buy you a house, but not a home.

It can buy you a bed, but not sleep.

It can buy you a clock, but not time.

It can buy you a book, but not knowledge.

It can buy you a position, but not respect.

It can buy you sex, but not love.

It can buy you medicine, but not health.

It can buy you blood, but not life.”

John 10: 9-10 says: “I am the gate. Whoever comes by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life – in all its fullness.”

I hope that those responsible read these words and perhaps in time might put their trust in Jesus.

I would like to thank Carl Thomas (the big Welshman) and Camposol C Green Fingers Gardening Group for their kind donations and Alan (Huey) Eustace Locksmith for replacing the locks, free of charge.

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