Dear Thief, ...

A public letter to a certain thief or thieves.

When you stole guitar accessories and 20 cans of soda from "The Shak" behind the Noroton Presbyterian Church two weekends ago, you stole a lot more than the monetary value of those items.

The two pieces of guitar equipment -- a capo used to change the key on a guitar and an electric tuner -- were only valued at about $20 apiece. The soda couldn't be worth much.

But part of the value of those items, stolen sometime between 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, was that they formed part of the community of the Noroton Presbyterian Church.

They were bought and used out of love for God and for the congregation as a whole, and they were put in the Shak, a red barn or barn-like building toward the rear of the property, for safekeeping until they'd be used again, out of love.

You stole from an entire community and made it a bit more challenging for them to love each other. You walked in the door that had been left unlocked and, to get into the soda vending machine you used a key that was in a spot where people familiar with the Shak would know where to find it, police said, so so it looks like you are part of that community.

The congregation is likely saddened by the theft, but they'll move on and even forgive you. They'll heal.

But sooner or later, you'll answer for it, in this world or the next, and at some point you'll wish you hadn't taken that stuff, or kicked and damaged a television that was near the Shak, waiting to be disposed of.

You see, what you really did is steal from yourself a bit of your own soul. You might want to give it back. You never know how much of it you may need later.

porter gladstone February 06, 2014 at 03:21 PM
The soda is replaceable. My tears are not. Thieves!! Hand back the root beer. You've caused so much love to be lost. I've heard about tragedy occurring in our community. But this without a doubt, is the most horrific story Ive ever come across.
Owsley February 06, 2014 at 03:31 PM
That's really funny. Good material. Keep up the good work, boy, don't think we haven't been noticing!
Cath February 12, 2014 at 09:38 PM
30 dollars worth of stuff and you are this angry? A broken tv already on its way out? Seriously? How does a kid stealing make it challenging for you to love? Get off your high horse. Jesus loves us all equally and has grace for sinners.


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