Dirty boots go walkabout
December 22 around 3:30 p.m. while cooking dinner, I happened to look out the window to the street. A young woman was dashing to a car with the engine running. She had a plastic bag that had been on my porch! She got in the car and sped away. I tried to get the license number but couldn’t, then called the Roseburg Police Department.
Inside the bag were two pairs of dirty rain boots from our family adventure in the woods earlier that day. I’d left them on the front porch until I had time to clean them. They were nice boots, value of $175. I was angry and upset, seeing the robbery but unable to stop it.
The sermon at church the next morning was about human capacity to sin, forgiveness, compassion, and responding like Jesus did. After thinking about my situation, I decided to write to the community, and directly to the two people who chose to steal from me.
I forgive them, it’s really a small incident. But did they take the items for gifts, to sell for food money, or other reasons? I’ll never know. Maybe next year if they need money for food and gifts, they could please come to my door and I’ll give them a Christmas food basket and other items. It’d be my pleasure to help them.
Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:44 say, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, That you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.” St. Paul’s words in Romans 6:20: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The most amazing Christmas gift of all is eternal life.