It came back to us in pieces, but it’s back with us just the same…accompanied by a message of remorse. This past Sunday morning before worship, our peace pole was found just outside our main side entrance – a bit worse for wear and stripped of five of its eight language plates. The same day a reporter from 9&10 News asked to interview us and take some film footage of the damaged pole. (We also received a message on the office phone over the weekend from a local man who heard about our loss and wanted to donate the money for us to purchase a new one…what kindness. He has been thanked profusely.) Well, the news report went out, echoing the message published last week in the Morning Sun (thank you, Mary “Irv” Irvine!) of how the UUFCM children had worked for two years to raise the monies to purchase the pole.
Yesterday morning the five missing language plates were returned to us…neatly wrapped in a plastic bag left on our front porch…with a note that read “I’m sorry for what I did when I was drunk.” Amidst tears of gratitude (and no small amount of awe), plans were quickly made to mend our peace pole and have it re-installed as soon as possible. Blessed are we!