Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Woman Returns Bible Filled With Money

Here is a great, positive story from WFAA Channel 8:

DALLAS — What would you do if you found a bible on the street, with thousands of dollars inside? Would you keep it? It was never really a question for one Dallas woman.

There’s not just one church on 56th Street on South Oak Cliff, there are five. So when Dallas fourth grade school teacher, Berda Mabury, found a Bible on the sidewalk, she wasn’t surprised. That is, until she looked inside and found several thousand dollars.

“It was church money, tithes and offerings, cash money, personal checks,” said Mabury.

The bible was blue, just like her personal one. The one she has carried until it’s all worn out. But the one she found is leather, with a message embossed in gold.

“The line at the bottom said: ‘I carried you.’ And I think it’s the thing that pricked my heart so, because I remember the times when I couldn’t carry myself, and it was God that just carried me along,” said Mabury.

So the school teacher became a detective looking for clues. “So I saw on one of the corners of the envelopes: Bread of Life Church. It seemed like I’d seen that somewhere before on 56th,” said Mabury.

Soon she started canvassing her neighborhood. “Because there’s a lot of churches,” said Mabury.

Of course it’s the smallest church, the one that looks like an old house, the one that probably needs its’ money the most. At the door she found the deacon who had lost the cash. “He said: ‘I probably laid it on top of the car and it was so heavy, that when he got to the point where he had to turn, it fell off. Because it was heavy,” said Mabury.

The man gave her a small cash reward. As the handwritten note on her own Bible explains she already got a bigger one, when God changed her life.

“Lord it’s me. Mold me. Make me. Break me. Draw us near to you,” said Mabury reading from the note.

Bread of Life may be a small church, but it’s one with a great deal to be thankful for. Berda says once she realized that it was church money, there was not even any point in counting it. But judging from the deposit slips she saw, there could have been several thousand dollars zipped up in the bible.

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