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The Grocery List

Louise Redden, 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. John Longhouse, 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." John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his 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."

Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she 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."

Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.
Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards!

9 Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING…

  • But you must REALLY listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming,
    no planning your response.  Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION…

  • Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…

  • Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE…

  • It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT…

  • A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR…

  • Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE…

  • There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8 ) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION…

  • The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

9) THE GIFT OF SALVATION …

  • It doesn’t cost us a cent but it has paid for in full at the price of God’s own Son, Jesus.  “The gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ, our Lord. “( Romans 6:23 )  But, in order to receive this most wonderful of all gifts, you have to accept it through faith.