Lost…and Found

A number of years ago I inherited a ring with a rather large diamond. The inheritance was a surprise and the donor had passed, so I accepted, and wore the ring happily for many years, loving its sparkle.

Then, a couple of years ago, I needed help with smoke alarms, and workmen came to solve the problem.

When I was not wearing the ring it sat in a tray on my bedroom dresser, and during the visit of the workers, one of the men was in there while I was not present. After the men left, I discovered that the ring was missing, but there was no way I could challenge the workers with theft.

Perhaps surprisingly, I was not really disturbed. I had enjoyed the ring, and in fact, had thought I might sell it and use the money to help a niece who was having difficulties. However, jewelers and pawn shops I took the ring to said it was too valuable for them to sell.

Over several years, Nathan Talbot has had articles published in our church magazines that spoke about the return of lost items via so-called impossible human circumstances. His thesis was ‘no substance in matter’ plus ‘ infinite manifestation’ could be applied to lost items, and he often gave examples of this. I was very interested in the idea and had even discussed it with Nate, whom I met when the Christian Science Board of Directors spoke in Tulsa and my husband and I drove over to meet with them on behalf of our church in Gravette.

Then – a few weeks after the theft – the ring re-appeared in my home. My husband and I had been hobby miniaturists, and one thing he built and I decorated was an elaborate five-room, two-story doll house that now sits on a waist-high horizontal set of filing cabinets in my office. The front door of the doll house is three feet from my office door and I always look at the house when I enter my office, sometimes touching or moving items in front of it – a bench, potted plants, a miniature tricycle and bicycle.


I did tell Nate about the return of the ring, and he later spoke about my experience at one of his Association meetings which a niece, who is a pupil of his, heard. She already knew the story so recognized it.

Nathan Talbot’s most recent articles about finding lost items are in the May, 2019 Journal, and the August 30, 2010 Sentinel.

Of course I was grateful for the return of this ring, but was no longer interested in wearing it and put it in my safe deposit box, where it remains.


R. T. N.