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"When You Are a Crime Victim" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I read the other day that a burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in this country. That comes to almost 200 per hour, around 4,800 every day. The FBI reported 319,356 robberies took place in 2017. Have you ever been a victim of crime? It really can be a gut-wrenching experience.

Matthew Henry was a famous Christian writer and theologian from the late 1600's. He was born in Wales, but spent most of his life in England. He is best-known today for his six-volume commentary on the Bible entitled, “Exposition of the Old and New Testaments.” I have this set in my library and have referred to it many times over the years.

Somebody once stole Matthew Henry’s wallet. In reflecting on the incident, he shared four observations. He stated:

1) I am thankful that he never robbed me before.

2) I am thankful that although he took my wallet, he did not take my life.

3) Although he took all I had, it was not much.

4) I am glad that it was I who was robbed, not I who did the robbing.

You know, having the right attitude can really help, even when we are the victim of crime. Let’s pray today for those who have been victimized by others.

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