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Grocery list

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat spread across her face, walked into his grocery store.

She approached him humbly and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and asked her to leave his store at once.

Visualizing her family needs, she said: 'Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.'

John told her he could not give her credit since she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter, a customer overheard the conversation. He walked over to tell the grocer he would stand good for whatever she needed. The grocer very reluctantly agreed and asked, 'Do you have a grocery list?'

Louise replied, 'Yes sir.'

'O.K' he said, 'put your grocery list on these scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.'

Louise hesitated a moment, bowed her head, then reached into her purse, took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the paper on the scale, carefully, with her head still bowed.

The grocer's eyes and the customer's, too, were amazed as the scales tilted and stayed there.

John, stared at his scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, 'I can't believe it.'

The customer smiled and John began putting groceries on the scales balance side. The scale did not balance. John put more groceries on them until it would hold no more.

John stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales. It wasn't a grocery list.

It said: 'Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.'

John gave her the groceries, stood in stunned silence.

Louise thanked him and left.

The customer handed John a $100 bill and said; 'It was worth every penny. Only God knows how much a prayer weighs.'

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    Ref:   Bill Walaitis  
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