Dear Friends,

I often am given material to help with my sermon work or perhaps with what I write each Monday.  This is very thoughtful of you.  I hope you understand that I cannot use all that you share, but I always do appreciate the sharing.

I got something from one of you recently, a poem by a C. Mashburn, that I was certain I would never be able to use.  Now here I am using it:

I found a penny today just laying on the ground.  But it’s not just a penny, this little coin I’ve found.

“Found” pennies come from heaven, that’s what my Grandpa told me.  He said angels toss them down.

Oh, how I loved that story!  He said when an angel misses you they toss a penny down,

Sometimes just to cheer you up, make a smile out of your frown.  So don’t pass by that penny when you’re feeling blue.

It may be a penny from heaven that an angel tossed to you.


No offense, especially to the one who gave me this, but this one is about as sappy as they come. Who could possibly believe that a penny on the pavement was tossed down from heaven by an angel who knew you needed a little encouragement?  I mean, really?  We do live in the 21st century, don’t we?  This isn’t about faith.  It’s about superstition.  It is an insult to our intelligence.

That was my first reaction.  But then I thought some more.  I remembered a friend in Portland who told me that whenever a street light came on or off the moment he was walking under it, it would remind him to think about God.  And since he shared this with me, every time a street light comes on or off the moment I walk (or run) under it, I too think of God.  Not that I believe God supernaturally controls the street lights to get my attention.  But what’s the harm in seeing God in all things? Even little things?  Even in a penny?

And the honest truth is, how do I know “Grandpa” wasn’t right.  Maybe this is what keeps angels busy and out of trouble.  Am I so smart that I know everything about how heaven works??

I am a penny “picker-upper” by the way.  Next time I pick one up, I’m going to feel good because I’m a penny richer.  But I’m mainly going to feel good because I just got reminded that God loves me.

In Christ,