Thief Steals Lady’s Purse As She Prays In Church

June 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“Nassau County police said a congregant at a Long Island church disregarded at least one of its commandments: Thou shalt not steal. Police said the 46-year-old woman reached over a pew and took cash from a purse while its owner knelt Sunday at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Westbury. Police said an usher saw the theft, and officers stopped the woman as she left the church.

Police said they determined the same woman stole cash from another worshipper’s purse while that victim took communion May 10.”

The Associated Press

What lessons are to be gleaned for this offbeat article?

*There is no refuge from evildoers.

A sanctuary as its name implies should be a refuge from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. People of faith feel safe and secure as they gather together to worship God, and fellowship with each other. But even in a church a person is liable to be the victim of theft, although it’s usually the pastor who is fleecing his congregation.

*The efficacy of prayer is very questionable

If God allows a believer’s purse to be stolen as she is on her knees in prayer, how much sense does it make to pray to such a capricious deity?