In my last post, I talked about our house being broken into. Last week, Jim, my housemate and the owner of the home, met with the detective who was assigned our case. What we learned was that all 3 of the people arrested are under the age of 20. 2 of them are brothers, and they both live around the corner from us with their grandparents. For the eldest one, this was his second offense. To make the brothers' situation even harder, their father is currently incarcerated.
I found myself throwing out the idea of inviting the boys over for dinner. This gesture is not to rub in the fact that they got arrested, nor is it to show them what they could have stolen, but to make an attempt in getting to know them and developing a relationship. Unfortunately, this idea was not received very favorably, as it still seems to early to face these kids in hopes to usher grace and forgiveness into this situation.
Please continue to pray for us as we navigate through these tough and life defining times.