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In God We Trust.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
on April 3, 2011
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