The day that I realized love doesn’t conquer all….. at least not yet.
It was Tuesday afternoon, a Young middle school boy that has a smile that would light up a room came into one of our ministry centers in Louisville. He comes in often, more for the food than anything else but while he is there we try to connect, try to show him the Love of Christ.
On this particular day, he came in and moved around the room the proceeded to head up stairs to where I was along with about 15 other students and volunteers. We were cooking and having a taco bar and desserts with the students. We invited this young man to join.
I gave him a HUGE hug, patted his back and asked him what he had done that day, what he had eaten and told him that I was so glad he was there. He smiled so big and was so nice in his conversation to me. We all gathered and gave thanks for the food. He stayed through all of that.
Then I looked up and he was gone. I heard the chime ring downstairs which told me had walked out of the building. I really didn’t think anything about it… I just thought he felt uncomfortable and didn’t want to stay. But 2-3 minutes later our neighbor came in and told us he saw the young man coming out of the building with a Brown Bag.
The brown bag was my husband’s computer and office items, along with the leather bag that I had saved for to get him for Christmas. He had scoped out the place, waited until no one was watching and then grabbed what he wanted.
My heart was broke. Broken for my husband because of all that he had on that computer and needs on a daily bases, Broken because we had invested in this young man and he chose to not value us or our friendship or help and most of all Broken because of the path this young man has chosen to take and this path leads to death over and over in our streets of Shawnee.
We have given him love, we have given him a place of refuge and we have given him hope in Christ. We are just praying that he will come back and seek restoration and forgiveness and on top of that meet our Jesus. In the meanwhile, pray with us that God will provide a computer for my husband.
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