years ago, a friend and her husband were invited to spend the weekend
at the husband's employer's home. 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. 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. Arlene causally mentioned that her
daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found
had been of some valuable. 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 I trust in Him…" ARE YOU????
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