WARREN, S.C. — A South Carolina man who lost his wallet while traveling out of state had his money and credit cards returned to him anonymously by a Christian who simply included a note providing the biblical inspiration for their good deed.
Bruce Rylant recently stopped for gas while returning home from a trip to Atlanta, Georgia. While he is not sure at exactly what point he misplaced his wallet, he remembers using his credit card for the transaction.
“I must have actually put my wallet on top of the car, on the trunk, and drove off without thinking about it,” he told local television station WTOC.
It wasn’t until he returned home that Rylant realized his wallet was gone—with $305 in cash inside. He called the gas station to see if someone might have turned it in, but nothing had come up. A week passed, and still nothing.
In the meantime, Rylant sought to replace the contents of his wallet and put a stop on any charges that might be made on his credit cards.
“I was running crazy, canceling credit cards, debit cards, trying to scramble and get the insurance cards and drivers license,” he said.
But interestingly, no charges were ever made on his cards.
Days later, Ryland received a package in the mail from an individual in Sparta, Georgia who only identified themselves as “N. Cummings.” Inside of the package was his wallet with a post-it note outlining Cumming’s biblical inspiration for his good deed.
“Three Scriptural reasons I am moved to do this,” it read. “Please read them for yourself: Luke 10:27, Luke 16:10, Psalms 83:18. You’re welcome.”
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself,” the first verse reads.
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much,” the second states.
“That men may know that Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth,” the third Scripture declares.
Ryland sought to find the Christian who sent back his wallet with its complete contents inside, but was unable to locate them. So, he decided to send a thank you card to the return address—with something special enclosed.
“I went out and bought a gift card for exactly the same amount that was in my wallet: $305,” Ryland said.
He hopes to someday meet the good Samaritan who truly loved his neighbor as himself.