Recently, authorities uncovered a grave selling scheme in Alsip, Illinois. I have no words. There is nothing to explain this truly heinous crime. Four workers at the Burr Oak Cemetery were formally charged with one count each of dismembering a human body, which is a class X felony. FBI officials are investigating the entire grounds of the cemetery to accurately assess the impact of the scheme on graves. Authorities are exploring possible Federal charges for the assailants.
As I write, my heart aches as thirteen of my family members were laid to rest at this cemetery. (Maternal Grandparents, Older Brother and Sister). What would possess a person to do such an act? From my limited criminal law experience, how does one begin to even defend these grave robbers? I am hurt that the final resting place of potentially hundreds was disrupted all in the pursuit of money. I am outraged that those four people could not understand the death of a loved one is hard enough, but to have their grave desecrated is irreprehensible.
Lord, we come to you knowing that you can and will heal. Jesus, we petition your throne of grace to touch the hearts of those who have disturbed the earthly resting place of our loved ones. We know that our beloved family members are all safe in your care and loving embrace. Comfort us dear Savior, we need you at this time to bring peace to our spirit and clarity to our minds. We thank you for blessing us with our family members and we celebrate their legacy by remembering their love. Lord gives us strength to pray for the individuals responsible for this pain and suffering. Bless them and heal their minds. Jesus, abide with us and let your will be done. Hold us and help us to face tomorrow. In the magnificent and powerful name of Jesus I pray, Amen.