Our Father Who Are in Heaven
ILLUS: There is a story of a man who once tried to weigh a prayer. He owned a little grocery store. It was the week before Christmas, shortly after World War I.
A tired-looking woman came into the store and asked for enough food to make a Christmas dinner for the children. The grocer asked her how much she could spend. ''My husband did not come back; he was killed in the War. And I have nothing to offer but a little prayer,'' she answered.
The storekeeper was not very sentimental, nor religious, so he said, half mockingly, ''Write it on paper, and I will weigh it.'' To his surprise, the woman took a piece of paper from her pocket and handed it to the man, saying, ''I wrote it during the night while watching over my sick baby.''
The grocer took the piece of paper before he could recover from his surprise and, because other customers were watching and had heard his remarks, he placed the unread prayer on the weight side of the old-fashioned scales. Then he began to pile food on the other side; but to his amazement, the scale would not go down. He became angry and flustered and finally said, ''Well, that's all the scale will hold. Here's a bag; you will have to put it in yourself, I am busy.''
With trembling hands the woman filled the bag, and through moist eyes expressed her gratitude and departed. After the store was empty of customers, the grocer examined the scales. Yes, they were broken and they had become broken just in time for God to answer the prayer of the woman.
As the years passed, the grocer often wondered about the incident. Why did the woman come at just the right time? Why had she already written the prayer in such a way as to confuse the grocer so that he did not examine the scales? The grocer is an old man now, but the weight of the paper still lingers with him. He never saw the woman again, nor had he seen her before that day. Yet he remembers her more than he remember ...
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