- A Penny and a Prayer
- A Penny & A Prayer
I don't think I'll look at a penny the same again.
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?"
"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. Fortunate 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!!
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
+ 3 nails
"And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and they
entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus."
- (KJV) Luke 24:2-3