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In God We Trust.

Do you?


We just found this text in our files. It has been there since Monday, November 03, 2008, 9:43:36 AM - we just checked the electronic records. We have no idea who sent it nor why we had not looked at it since.... but we are sure that God knows and has a plan for it since it called it to our attention today.

Therefore, today - April 3, 2011 - we have formatted it, without editing it, and will post it. We have no doubt that God will see to it that His purpose is fulfilled.

The Story

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 m! e 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...

End of Story

The M+G+R Foundation comments: Whether the story is true or not is really immaterial since the message, we know for certain, is true.

Indeed God is patient and slow to anger but it is best not to test the limits of His patience. Remember, World War II could have been avoided if man had not tried His patience to its limit. The balance was 50 million deaths so far since all of the results of our flippancy before the Divine requests have not been manifested yet.

Published on April 3, 2011

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