I don’t need religion,» Mr. Grimez told his wife. «I’ve got guns and dogs for protection. Besides, I’ve captured everyone but the leader without getting hurt.»
Mrs. Grimez nodded. Her husband’s job was to guard a section of forest in Germany where robbers hid from the law. «But God can protect you in ways that guns and dogs can’t,» she insisted. Her words fell on deaf ears.
That night Mr. Grimez didn’t return home at the usual hour. Growing worried, his wife and mother-in-law knelt and prayed for his safe return. Then they did something else. They prayed for the leader of the robbers, asking God to help him turn away from his life of crime and wickedness. «Please, Lord,» Mrs. Grimez said softly, «may he learn of the love, kindness, and forgiveness You offer. This we pray in Jesus’ holy name, amen.»
At that moment Grimez walked in, and when he saw the two women on their knees, he scoffed at their concern. «I’ve got my guns and dogs,» he reminded them. Then he latched the front door, and everyone went to bed.
The next morning the man gasped when he looked at where his wife usually placed their Bible at night. In its place, he saw a huge, dangerous-looking knife. The Bible was gone.
The window closest to the bed was wide open. Someone had entered the house while they slept and traded the knife for the Bible. But who? And why did he take the book?
Think how wonderful this world would be if enemies prayed for each other instead of fought! We’ll read more of this later.