Going All in

A sad event happened at  church today.  I sat down to write this blog about all the good things that happened at church today but just can’t stop thinking about it.  For some time now we have had a visitor coming with her children, one of whom is a little boy with autism.  He brings an i-pad to  church with him each week to help him stay calm.  The i-pad is full of programs which he uses for therapy and school work.  He often sits outside the sanctuary during church and today was no exception.  He sat his i-pad down in the lobby while he went to the bathroom.  When he returned it was gone.

The mother was beside herself.  We tried to explain that our church doors are open to the public and anyone can walk in. We have had thefts in the past in spite of our efforts to eliminate them.  I’m am holding out some hope that whoever took the i-pad might realize who it belonged too and return it.  If you know anything about it, let us know at the office.

I wanted to write some reflections on the sermon, but keep thinking about this situation.  I could moralize and make some kind of lesson out this such as, be responsible for what you bring to church, or watch people who act strangely to make sure they don’t steal.  I’m sure there are some things we could all learn from this, but today I’m just sad.  Sad that it happened.  Sad that greed lives in human hearts and causes us to harm one another in ways like this.  Sad that the world is not as safe as it should be; not even at church. Come, Lord  Jesus.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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