Stolen laptop? Not so fast!

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During the winter of my first year in college, I had a demonstration of God’s power that strengthened my conviction that He is the source of all good. What He gives, none can take away.

I had received a laptop computer from my parents as a high school graduation present before going off to college, and it had been a really good and useful tool. However, in the middle of the winter trimester, my computer began to have a problem that prevented it from connecting to the Internet. I took it to the university’s technology Help Desk and left it to be fixed over a long weekend break. That weekend, I went on a retreat with a student group. On Monday, I expected a call to let me know that my computer was ready to be picked up.

Just before 5:00 on Monday evening, I did receive a call, but to my surprise it was from the head of Campus Security, who said he needed to talk to me. When I arrived at his office, he and an officer from the local police department informed me that my computer had been stolen when someone had broken into the Help Desk office on Saturday night. The officer told me that I had been the victim of a crime and there was little hope of getting my computer back after more than a day. The head of Security told me the University would do everything it could to find my computer, but asked me to get some information for replacement by the insurance company.

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