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God is a great God!!

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 water-way, 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 can not 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...

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