1. A New Lease On Life

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The Wednesday, December 23, 1964, issue of the Hinton Daily News (Hinton, West Virginia), carried the following news story:


GIVEN CHANCE FOR NEW LIFE

Cincinnati, Ohio (UPI)—Mrs. _____, a 66 year old widow who slept in the theaters and public restrooms because she could not afford to pay rent, received for Christmas a chance for a new life.

Mrs. _____ appeared in Municipal Court Tuesday on a charge of stealing a $1 headscarf from a downtown department store.

"I took it because I was cold," she told Judge _____. "I've never stolen anything before."

Mrs. _____'s husband died 20 years ago, leaving her no estate. She said she receives $32 a month in Social Security payments, most of which is spent for food. She said she sells nameplates for doors and mail boxes but earns little from it.

"I don't have enough money to rent a decent room anywhere," she said, "and I prefer to stay in downtown theaters and sleep in the ladies' lounge at (an all-night) garage." She told the court she has a Golden Age card which admits her to theatres at a reduced price.

Mrs. _____ said she had been living in this manner for the past two years.

The judge reached in his pocket for a dollar to pay10 for the scarf and dismissed the petit larceny charge against her.

The judge said he would mail the $1 to the store.

Then the manager of the garage where Mrs. _____ has been sleeping stepped forward and offered her a job keeping the ladies' lounge clean. He said she could stay there as long as she liked.

The Sisters of the Poor also offered Mrs. _____ a home for life.

Here we have a woman who had done wrong who was given a new lease on life. One of the many wonderful promises in the Bible is that those who have sinned may be forgiven and given a new lease on life if they will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7).

—Billy Apostolon,
Minister, Author, Educator, Hinton, West Virginia