On the night before Christmas, he was kicked out of his house.
After years of “loose living and immorality,” Elliott Osowitt was driven out by a wife who had run out of patience. Downcast and despondent, he decided to go to a nearby motel and kill himself with a gun.
Osowitt worked as a tour guide for “Heathen Tours,” a touring company that catered to tourists from England seeking sinful pleasures in America. It seems Osowitt indulged in too many of those allurements himself.
After Osowitt check into his room, he found a Gideon’s Bible next to his bed opened to John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The power of God’s Word and the Spirit of the living God moved on his heart. Tearfully, he repented of his sins and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.
And that is how the Prince of Peace, whose birth the reformed Jew had never celebrated, came to Osowitt at Christmas in 1996.
He actually spent three days at the motel reading that Bible. He attended church with his wife, Polly, the following Sunday and quit working for the touring company. Osowitt began a new career with a Christian touring company instead.
On Christmas Eve, the Bible “caused me to stop. It caused me to cry. When I read it was Jesus, I had a hard time with it,” Osowitt told USA Today. “It literally began a process of healing that eventually led to the reconciliation… Read the rest of the story.
The Bible and the words it contains brings abundant life. It speaks to each one of us!
I love these stories. God is still performing miracles!
Thank you for restoring our faith always. Merry Christmas to you and your family😀
I have a deep appreciation for the Gideons, and regularly participate in Bible distribution to students outside of schools here in Japan.
Praise God. How does it go?
Generally the students are very receptive, particularly since I like to hand out bilingual (English/Japanese) New Testaments. However, at some schools the staff gets upset. It’s not happened when I’ve been involved, but there have been threats to call the police.
wow. that is so awesome. praise God.
I like how he was brought to repentance by loving and accepting words from God.
That is how it tends to work. Thank God! His love leads us to repentance.