Monday, October 27, 2008

A few days ago I went with Monica and Stefan to the sea park. We met with my cousin Boriana who lives in Australia with her husband and three children but is in Varna for a couple of months now. My sister also came. It was a good walk. I had brought with me some leaflets from church so I used all opportunity to hand them out to people on the street. This though distracted me and I forgot to check whether Monica has put her shoes back in the bag after she put on her roller blades. It was only this morning that we found out the shoes were missing. I went to the same bench where she changed but of course, there was nothing left. One of the passages I read this morning was in Leviticus 5 and it referred, among other things, to stealing: “If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving his neighbor about something entrusted to him or left in his care or stolen, or if he cheats him, 3 or if he finds lost property and lies about it, or if he swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that people may do— 4 when he thus sins and becomes guilty, he must return what he has stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to him, or the lost property he found, 5 or whatever it was he swore falsely about. He must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day he presents his guilt offering. 6 And as a penalty he must bring to the priest, that is, to the Lord, his guilt offering, a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. 7 [1]

It is so different from the world we live in now in big cities – world of autonomous and anonymous people where everything is permissible and so nothing could surprise us anymore…

Anyway, apart from this incident we had a great evening. When Boriana’s two boys saw that I and Monica were handing out brochures they also asked for some. Stefan also took some, so within an hour we gave away almost 200 brochures. One of the boys, Tomas, took some with him to give to his friends at school. Maybe I should go out with Monica and Stefan tonight again J. I also thought, we really must become like children – they were so enthusiastic to do this, and so many of us are ashamed to declare they believe in Jesus publicaly!

Other than that, Stefan’s eye has already almost recovered after he hit his head on the door the other day. He cut off his eyelid but the doctor said it would soon recover and doesn’t need an operation. Thank God!
[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Le 6:2-7