[betrayal of trust]

Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • Mary

    The first thing that comes to mind is to pray for that person. I gather from your story that your friend prayed for the thief not knowing who he was. This situation is very similar.

    Disturbing as the event is, it would be better not to assume the identity of the culprit. In this way the prayer will be freed of the distressing overtones of the incident. Moreover, there is no way of knowing who did it beyond all doubt.

    Your friend’s story is a powerful one. This is a great opportunity to put the teachings of Christianity into practice. Who knows what miracles could result?

    • I am praying for something good to come out of this. I know He can use it – the only questions is – HOW will He do it this time?

      • Mary

        What He can use, most of all, is the loving thoughts, through prayer, that people give. The Holy Sprit will always extend love. Even the prayers of people who know nothing about this situation can be used. Our part is to relinquish our ideas about the situation and allow Him to do His work. He needs open channels so His Love can flow through and heal.

  • I agree. We don’t know how the Lord will use something upsetting like this to break into other hearts. It doesn’t have to be overnight, may be some years later, as you described.

    One of our churches made a very strong rule that people not leave anything unwatched, as their items could be stolen. They also had a security guard b/c there was a history of cars being broken into. Understandably, some of that would be non-church members, but not all.

    We live in a very mix-up world, not a lot of boundaries being respected. My former husband used to say to me, “What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is mine.” And that was quite a number of years ago. Now, it’s often simply the way people operate… any, BTW, he was a Christian, so that doesn’t mean our present Christians don’t walk through that intense attitude.

    • I guess what bugs me the most is the uncertainty of it. I can forgive the person who did something to me, but when something was done and I don’t know who did it… It stinks because one starts to inadvertently suspect everyone around him/herself… and that sucks.

      • The godly man I’ve been married to for 26 years is the exact opposite of my ex-husband. And he would never steal anything from anyone. With all he does at church and other homes, it’s a constant blessing. We all need to be so focused on honesty… it’s too easy to cross those lines just a little casually, even “kindly”, in our present day and age.

  • Mary

    Zee, take a deep breath. I suggest there could be many explanations for this. A hypothetical detective would want to know all details about the set up in the Church, and would take your friend and everyone through the possibilities. Whatever the facts turn out to be (we may never know) there is always the opportunity to stop suspecting and start forgiving.

    • True 🙂 And I do need to take a deep breath. Lately, it has been tough to do, however.

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