Today I read the front page of our Sunday paper with a heavy heart and a lump in my throat. The news hit a little too close to home today.
A young woman was found murdered in the trunk of her car this weekend. Although no one knows exactly what happened yet, she apparently disappeared after answering an ad for a nanny on Craigslist.
Her father is a pastor at a Lutheran church not more than a mile from where I live. He is a part of a clergy group I attend.
I had not heard of Craigslist before yesterday. I don't know much more about it today. After church today, one of my parish members told me that it started out as a way to barter, or share: goods, ideas, services. He said that he has used Craigslist himself a few times.
The young woman's family said that she "always believed the best about other people." She was a beautiful, talented young woman.
At church this morning, the children were invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes for worship. The children's choir sang a song called "Monsters", inviting us to chase away the scary monsters in our lives by the power of Jesus' love.
After church, I talked to a friend about the news story, and the young woman. He asked me whether I knew this pastor. I said I did. Then he shook his head and said, "There are a lot of monsters out there."
Thinking of the children's choir, I replied, "Real ones."
Still, I think the young woman was right to always believe the best about other people. It will be harder to live by that light now.
Please pray for our community, and for this young woman's family.