Pennies

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 8, 2009

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 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..

Author Unknown - Please comment if you know the author so credit can be awarded.
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20 comments
  1. "Working for Christ" said:

    Beautiful! 😃

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  2. Lovely story. I will surely pay more attention to that message when I happen upon a coin now. 🙂

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  3. I love this one! He is worthy to be praised and trusted!
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    • Hey Wendy, Thanks for the comment and yes he is worthy to be Praised and Trusted!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  4. Reblogged this on The Shepherd's Presence and commented:
    Whether it is black Friday in light of the stock market crash in 1929 or black Friday as in accounting figures, far too much of our energy is consumed fussing about money or the lack of money. This is a timely post from a fellow blogger. It is just what I like most about sharing on the Shepherd’s Presence, everyday lessons we learn in walking through life that redirects our thoughts on our Good Shepherd.

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  5. Check out my blog and the post titled “Pennies From Heaven”. You may enjoy it.
    Be blessed
    Stephanie

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  6. At first, when I read the first paragraph, I thought my response would be to simply hit the “like” button…so you would know I was here. But the reminder to pause and evaluate whether I am trusting in my Heavenly Father is too profound an encouragement for me to pass by without a word (nod to my femininity most likely!). A big THANK YOU for this wonderful illustration.

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    • I am so glad you enjoyed this!!!!! Sometimes the value of a Penny is over looked…… Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  7. my M, a financial planner, often comments on america being the only country where money is found on the ground, and left on the ground! what an powerful reminder to have each time i see and pick up a penny…trust in god. xo

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  8. I always pick up pennies. I always wonder why people throw them on the ground or not hold on to them. I always think pennies add up eventually. I even have some lucky ones. Still, I never actually thought of it this way. I will remember that the next time I pick up a penny and read the back. Thanks!

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