My college roommate from 53 years ago just sent me an email about the Ten Commandments and what a huge role they played in our Nation’s government in Washington, DC. The commandment that keeps coming to mind is “Thou shall not steal.” OK, so here’s what happened. While touring the sites a couple of weeks ago, I had to climb all those stairs at the Lincoln Memorial to find a restroom. Alone and exhausted and in a good bit of pain by the time I reached the top, I found no one else in the restroom, but lo and behold, there was a lovely silver bracelet on the ledge by the sink. Why in the world was it left there in plain sight? I believed if I didn’t take it someone not as honest as me (seriously?) would pick it up and fail to find the owner. I stuffed that little gem in my coat pocket and hurried down that long flight of outdoor stairs to catch up with my group. Jerry can tell you I have a mild case of agoraphobia (an anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed). Had I not located my group right away, panic would have set in. My intention, seriously, was to tell our leader about the bracelet and seek a lost and found. You guessed it. I forgot about it and didn’t discover it until back home. When I took a closer look at this treasure, I was shocked to see the Ten Commandments on it. Oh no, I stole the Ten Commandments! What would you have done? After discussing the situation with my neighborhood study group, the ones reading “Bad Girls of the Bible”, I think some of them came to the conclusion I’m a bad girl. Sigh………..One said I should have found a “lost and found” place before I left the area. Another said I should have just left it there. Both scenarios probably true, but it wasn’t convenient! Some felt I was just meant to have that bracelet. Here’s the steps I took. First I googled Ten Commandment bracelets, and I promise it looks very much like ones you can purchase online for $12 to $15. So the monetary value isn’t great. and it’s very obvious this is not sterling; but it could hold sentimental value to the person who left it. Then I phoned the Lincoln Memorial and spoke to someone there who said there had been no reports of a missing bracelet, but she referred me to yet another number for the DC Parks Department. I think the man at the other end of the line thought I was crazy for trying to locate the owner of a very inexpensive bracelet. He said they had no reports. I asked him if he thought God was trying to tell me something. He’s probably still laughing and telling his friends about some of the crazies he encounters in his line of work! Bottom line: Could the Lord be trying to tell me something about being more diligent in obeying His Commandments? Or better yet, could He be suggesting it was provided for me to give to one of you? Would love to hear your thoughts, but remember “you without sin cast the first stone.” John 8:7 . Did I do the wrong thing by stuffing it in my pocket and then forgetting about it? Should I have just left it there in case the owner came back for it? I’m trying to get over the angst of this situation. Seriously!!!!!