by Robert Walker

Robert Walker
Acts 5:17

In his commentary on the book of Acts, R. Kent Hughes tells the story of Aida Skripnikova, a Russian girl who was born in 1941 in Leningrad. "In the fall of 1961 Aida came to know Christ as a nineteen year-old, and with her new faith came the impulse to share it with others.

Aida purchased some postcards with a beautiful picture by Claude Lorain representing a harbor at sunrise, (chosen perhaps as a symbol of the spiritual sunrise she had discovered) and then wrote a poem on the reverse side.

The poem expressed her perception of life and the need to find God. The poem was entitled: 'Happy New Year! 1962.'"

Our years fly past

One after another, unnoticed.

Grief and sadness disappear,

They are carried away by life.

This world, the earth, is so transient
Every thing in it comes to an end.

Life is important.

Don't be happy-go-lucky!

What answer will you give your creator?

What awaits you, my friend, beyond the grave?

Answer this question while light remains.

Perhaps tomorrow, before God,

You will appear to give an answer for everything.

Think deeply about this,

For you are not on this earth forever.

Perhaps tomorrow, you will break

Forever your links with this world!


"Aida then took her postcards and stood on the Nevski Prospect (which is the Leningrad equivalent of Fifth Avenue in New York City) and handed out her cards to passersby. She was, of course, arrested.

In April 1962, she was tried by a Communist court. She was exiled from Leningrad and lost her job as a lab assistant. She was arrested again in 1965 and was sent to a labor camp for a year.

In 1968 she was arrested again and was sent to a labor camp for three more years" (R. Kent Hughes, Acts: The Church Afire, [Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1996], 86-87).
What do you think inspired Aida Skripnikova?

Perhaps she had read the fifth chapter of the book of Acts a ...

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