When pensioner Sydney Merton became a Christian in 1988, little did he know that his sins would catch up with him and he would have to repent of them; no matter how small he thought they were. Over time, God had been showing him some of the things which he needed to put right - usually speaking to him through dreams.
About five weeks ago in one dream, he was reminded that when he was first married, he bought a lovely set of bedlinen for his new wife way back in March 1971. At a time when Britain had just become decimal, there was so much confusion about the new currency and Sydney realised that he had been grossly undercharged for the bedlinen, but because he was a filthy rotten sinner and a 'scoundrel' at that time, he kept quiet about it.
Sydney told In Seine News; "I believe that God wanted me to repay the money that I did not pay at the time which amounted to £10,17 shillings and sixpence - it was a lot of money in those days, but the equivalent of only £4:25."
"I believe that the good Lord told me that a debt was a debt and it should be repaid at the earliest opportunity. God even showed me in the same dream that the receipt for the item could be found in a teapot in the attic. When I went into the attic the next day, sure enough it was there! - exactly as the good Lord had showed me; the receipt could be found at the bottom of the teapot complete with the name and the shop with which the transaction and taken place. Isn't the Lord God a miracle worker? "
Certainly he had been undercharged, so he tried to contact the vendor only to discover that the firm went out of business in late 1971.
Now poor Sydney has trouble sleeping because he is worried that it might have been his dishonesty that caused the bankruptcy of the company. At least he has peace of mind in knowing that he was willing to settle the debt, albeit 38 years late!