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Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)
- TITLE: My Cup Was Gone
By Ken Ebright
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"Yes, it was. I’m pastor Kip Olson; I am here for a singles retreat this weekend. The cup that was taken was silver and looked like a wine glass. It was very expensive, and I was going to use it for communion Saturday night. I went to the front desk to get the cabin assignments. I came back out and the cup was gone. I thought I could leave the back door open here."
The officer took the rest of his report and Kip drove his van to his cabin. About a half hour later he left his cabin and went to the main building. When he arrived the police had a scruffy man in handcuffs. The officer approached Kip. “This man was acting suspiciously; we searched his car and we found your cup. The only thing is we're going to need to keep it for evidence."
"Okay… do you mind if I ask him a few questions?" Kip turned his head and stared at the man.
The officer had his hand on the man’s arm. "Sure, go ahead."
Kip looked over his glasses. "Sir, why did you take my cup?"
The man looked off in the distance. "My daughter came here for the Girl Scout camp. I lost my job. I wanted to sell the cup so I could pay my electric bill. I didn't have the money for my little girl to attend camp."
Kip turned his head toward the officer. “"Officer Pete, is that true?"
"Yes, I checked out his story. His daughter is registered with the Girl Scout camp that is going on this weekend."
Kip rolled his eyes and looked back at the man. "Isn't there someone you could have asked for help?"
The suspect looked down at the ground. "I went to three different churches. No one wanted to help me."
Pastor's frown turned into a smile. "Officer, I would like to drop the charges. No harm was done."
"If that's want you want, sir, we’ll do it." The officers took the handcuffs off. Another officer came and gave Kip the cup.
"Can I ask your name?"
"My name is Kip; I am a pastor at First Baptist church. We're here for a singles retreat.
Sorry to hear about your predicament. Jesus is God’s son. Do you know Jesus?"
Trevor took a breath and exhaled. "No I don’t."
Pastor beamed. "When we do something wrong it becomes a sin. Jesus died on the cross so we can have eternal life. There was a thief that was next to Jesus on the cross. That man repented and went to heaven. If Jesus forgave that man he can also forgive you, and I want to forgive you."
The man did not make eye contact.
The pastor continued. "I want to apologize on behalf of the Christian church for not wanting to help you. My church would love to help you pay your electric bill."
Trevor put his hands over his eyes. "I feel so bad for what I have done. How can you forgive me?"
Kip held up the cup. "This cup is used for communion. It’s done to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. We also use a wafer because it represents Jesus body. I put wine in it which represents the blood of Jesus. His blood was shed for you so your sins could be forgiven."
Trevor started to smile. "Do you have a pen and a piece of paper? So I can write down my phone number."
"Yes I do." Pastor put the cup under his armpit and grabbed a pen and a notepad from his pocket.
Trevor wrote his name and phone number on the pad. "I’m sorry I took your cup. I'll think about that Jesus offer."
Trevor walked away as Kip smiled. "Please turn you heart to Jesus."
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