WE WERE LUCKY! We were robbed.

Last Sunday night Nancy and I went out briefly to buy a greeting card for our son’s wedding. We were gone about a half hour. Returning home our back door was open, glass and Plexiglas shards were on the hall floor. Our house had been hit in a smash and grab burglary. It was shock.

The thieves were very lucky. Nancy was leaving for Japan on Monday morning so her computer, cell phones, MP3 player and money for the trip (Japan is a cash based economy) were all in one place. And they grabbed those along with my electronics, including external backup drives.

It was frustrating and maddening to our have your home broken into and things taken. But Nancy and I feel we were very lucky. We did not face the intruders. Our cats were there and safe and we were not injured. We are fine. Our kids are fine. The things are replaceable eventually. (Though the losses of pictures correspondence and email addresses are most inconvenient.) They left our passports, and most importantly the three tradition wedding garments for Joe that Nancy had spent many, many hours crafting for him.  The thieves also left our cameras and some other valuables which were in plain sight.

Later that night after the police left and still feeling a bit shaky we prayed for the thieves. Nancy prayed that the thieves realize what they are doing to their souls and lives as well as the lives of others. I must confess I prayed that the police be allowed to help the thieves come to that enlightened realization.

I suspect they are young men wanting things that they can quickly sell on the street, probably for money for drugs. So I amend my prayer that they may get help and healing as well as accountability.

Yes, we were robbed! Yes it is a loss – of things, of money, and of trust. But we are also quite lucky, we are blessed. We didn’t lose a thing that really matters in the long term.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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