I arrived in Brussels last night for FOSDEM and, while attempting to figure out how to use the ticket machine for the public transport, was welcomed to the city by someone stealing my luggage. I no longer have my laptop, clothes, books, papers or Ogg player.
By God’s grace, I still have my wallet, passport, phone and return ticket. But I need to go and do some clothes shopping.
Ironically enough, on the Eurostar, I was studying the 8th Commandment (“You shall not steal”)! A related verse my notes flagged up is Ephesians 4:28:
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
So it’s fairly clear what I should be praying for the thieves :-) That’s the good part – they stole my Bible so, who knows, they might read it. No-one is beyond God’s reach.