October 2, Tuesday

Reverse glass painting of a woman praying Psalm 119 (118):22

I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies. … I am a companion of all who fear you, and of those who keep your precepts.

Psalm 119:59.63.

A group of girls is standing in front of our stand offering passers-by Christian literature. Their leader points to a Bible and tells us, “I bought this book from you a year ago, and since then I have got a totally different Bible.”

Not understanding her meaning, we responded, “But the Bible hasn’t changed at all in the past year. The Word of God cannot change.” She smiled and said, “But I now see it from another angle. The reason is, the Bible has changed me. You will understand what I mean.” We certainly do understand. God’s Word states: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is the change the lady meant.

Then she turned to the group and called out to the girls, “You should buy this book!” Before the young people moved on, she inquired after our names, “Every morning in the convent we have a time of prayer after breakfast. We shall pray for you there. That is why we should like to know your names.” In the course of our conversation with them we learned that several of the girls had also accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour. “As many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born … of God” (John 1:12.13).

Image: By Photo: Andreas Praefcke – Self-photographed, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=108253657