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Topic: Key (02/14/13)
TITLE: The Chest in the Attic
By Jeanette Oestermyer
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We decided to ask our Mom and Dad about the secret metal box in the attic. Since our parents did not think the chest held anything significant, they both said, “let’s all go up and see if we can get it open. There may be a specific way to open that chest. Does anyone here have any keys they never used for doors or other locks.”
Joseph and Ron looked at each other and shook their heads as they also searched their pockets and turned them inside out. Then Dad called his real estate broker and asked if they could do what they want with the box. He said the box would be legally their property.
“We will each look through our rooms and where we may have a catch of items with no meaning or use for us,” Mom and Dad agreed.
So Don and Joseph and Mom and Dad hurried to each separate room and checked drawers and any other place they may have such treasures. After almost an hour Dad was the last one to appear from his room. “I hope all of you made a good search for any sort of opening tool or device and let us all show what we found, if anything, and then we will pray. Ron and Joseph had found nothing, Mom had a large rusty lock with no way to open it and Dad found a heavy pole just about two feet long with a narrowed end such as an instrument used to pry a lid from a box or some kind of chest.
“It is time for our prayers,” Dad said. We all got into a circle on the floor as Dad began to pray. “Dear Heavenly Father,” he began; “we are not sure how we should handle an old metal chest found in our attic now that we are selling the house and we do not know who left this box in the attic. Should we open it somehow and see what is inside or just leave it here?.”
After a short time, Dad said, “I believe God wants us to do whatever we wish, so who would like to find what is in the chest, and does anyone want to open it now or take it with us?
All four of them wanted to find what was in the chest, so Dad began to pry at the top of it and worked at it for several minutes when all at once the lid came off. Dad quickly said, “this chest is full of 100 dollar bills, and I am going to turn it over to the right authorities so they can find the owner. If no one claims it, the chest will probably be returned to us or as the authorities decide.
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