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Monday, September 24, 2007

A Daily Prayer

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being
good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever
heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited
to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene,
was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine
home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to
have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's
employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest
restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge
in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant
that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her
husband.

He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long,
silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing
on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped,
and a few cigarette butts Still silent, the man reached down and picked
up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had
found a great treasure How absurd! What need did this man have for a
single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she
could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once
had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of
some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket
for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies
before! What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says."

She read the words "United States of America "

"No, not that; read further."

"One cent?"

"No, keep reading."

"In God we Trust?"

"Yes!"

"And?"

"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin.
Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every
single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a
message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it
by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that
moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him.
For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is
God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient
and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I
stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and
fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words,
"In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in
the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient..
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:

1 cross
+ 3 nails
--------
4 given


Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend - He is
crazy about you!

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

1 comment:

Simeron said...

Good lessons one and all. So many stories I've heard like this and not one doesn't ring true to me, course, I am a bit bias I suppose.

Reminds me of the saying, "God in my co-pilot" which comes from the movie about the real man that flew without a co-pilot, at least, not one people could see.