Only A Penny Says It All
have passed up many pennies on the ground because I felt like
it wouldn't be worth my time to pick it up, after reading this message I
will no longer pass one up instead I will pick them up and say a prayer. Who
knows you might be the lucky one I say a prayer for.
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.
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
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,
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.
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 causally mentioned that her daughter once
had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of
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?"
"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 ofme 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 aconversation 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
WeTrust," 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...
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