The Seventh Commandment - Thou Shall Not Steal
by Deacon Tom Frankenfield
Once there was a cheerful boy named Stevie who lived on the outside of a great city. This is a story about a heartbreaking event that happened to Stevie on his birthday.
“….Happy Birthday to Stevie, Happy Birthday to you!” The sound of his birthday song was still in Stevie’s ears as he peddled his brand new bicycle to the swimming pool close to his home. This was a great day! Stevie’s smile was beaming and inside his felt a special joy. For a birthday gift, his parents had just bought him the bicycle he had always wanted. Now he was riding it for the first time! It was the perfect birthday gift! He was truly a lucky guy.
Stevie was meeting all his friends at the swimming pool for a great afternoon of splashing, swimming and diving. Plus, his parents had arranged for a pool party with lots of food and balloons. It was his birthday and Stevie felt like the luckiest guy in the whole world.
Stevie pulled his shiny new bike into the pool’s parking lot; leaned his bicycle against the fence and ran to meet those friends who had arrived early. This was a great day and all he could think of was how special he was. When he was inside the pool, his time was spent jumping into the water and somersaulting off the diving board. About an hour into Stevie’s party, his friend Debbie asked about his new bike. Stevie was happy to show off the bike to Debbie.
Debbie and Stevie ran to the outer fence to get a good view. Stevie looked but the bike was not there. A shocked look overcame Stevie’s face. He mumbled in a low gravely voice, “Where is my new bicycle?” He and Debbie ran outside the pool complex and walked all around the parking area. No bicycle! They asked the manager, too. No luck! Before he knew it, everyone the pool had emptied and everyone was looking for Stevie’s new bike.
Now for the bad news! Someone had stolen his brand new bicycle. All Stevie could do was sit and cry! His heart seemed broken. Soon Stevie’s mother came and held Stevie in her arms. Like all mom’s she could feel his pain and she just held him close to her. When the time was right, she began to talk to Stevie.
“Stevie, this is a very sad thing that has happened, especially on your birthday. I am so sorry” said Stevie’s mother. Stevie just snuggled closer and cried harder.
Stevie’s mother said further, “Stevie, when God gave Moses the 10 Commandments, He made a special point to tell us not to steal. Stealing is a very bad thing to do and it causes very much pain for the innocent people who lose their valuables. It also makes the person who steals very evil.
She said further, “God calls us to share things with others but sometimes people break God’s laws and it causes pain. Nobody feels that pain more than you do, my lovely Stephen.”
They returned to the Birthday party but the day was not as wonderful as it had been before the bike was stolen.
My friends, this story does not have a happy ending like most of my stories. Stealing is not a happy subject. Stevie’s heart was broken and a wonderful day was damaged by the greed and bad actions of selfish people. May God bless you and may you never have anything of yours stolen.
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