A Penny

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  1. JDHoward

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    I received this email today and I thought I would pass it on here.


    Subject: A Penny


    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 causally 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...


    Have a blessed day!!
     
  2. Helen

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    Thank you. I'm not sure what else to say. That is a great habit to pick up and I'm going to try for it.

    By the way, my nickname since early childhood has been Penny, because of my copper-colored hair!
     

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