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Jimmy Colson was a high school sophomore in 1976. He wanted to show some friends his treasures and he brought them to school. Someone broke into his locker and stole a 1923 Peace dollar, an 1897 Morgan dollar, and a 1903 Indian Head penny. In 2010, 34 years later, Colson found an envelope in his mailbox in Greensburg, Indiana, containing the three coins along with an apology. “Took it out of your locker some 30 years ago.” The letter was signed, “Sorry, dumb kid.”

--The Week, January 14, 2011 p. 4 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Jimmy Colson would like to know who the person was and for whoever it was to know “they’re forgiven . . . and there are no hard feelings.”

Although the confession was anonymous, Colson extended forgiveness, just as we are forgiven when we confess our sin.

1 John 1:9 (ESV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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