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A poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her

face, walked into a grocery store. She approached

the owner of the store in a most humble manner and

asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.

She softly explained that her husband was very ill

and unable to work, they had seven children, and

they needed food.


The grocer scoffed at her and requested that she leave

his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: 'Please,

sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can." He

told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have

a charge account at the store.


Standing beside the counter was a customer who

overheard the conversation between the two. The customer

walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand

good for whatever she needed for her family.


The grocer said in a very reluctant voice," Do you have a

grocery list? Louise replied, "Yes sir" "O.K." he said, "put

your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery

list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries."


She hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then he

reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and

scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper

on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.


The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed

amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the

customer and said begrudgingly, "I can't believe it." The

customer smiled and the grocer started putting the

groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not

balance so he continued to put more and more groceries

on them until the scales would hold no more.


The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed

the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with

greater amazement. It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer,

which said: "Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving

this in your hands."


The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and

stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store.


The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said,

"It was worth every penny of it."

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