Sunday, January 24, 2010


I watched a young boy in front of me count out his change. He handled each penny as if it was gold. Still it was not enough. He turned the coin purse inside out hoping for another quarter. When there was none, the cashier cleared his register and set the bread and milk aside.

“Son, I’m sorry. Corporate rules won’t allow us to extend credit any longer. You’ll tell your mother the news won’t you?”

Without expression the youngster collected the coins as if he understood corporate rules completely. The cashier looked at me oddly as I retrieved his items and ran each across the scanner adding them to my bill. When I handed the boy his bag the expression that washed over his face was one of confusion.

“Sir, why would you do this for me?”

There was no time to explain the entire story of the Good Samaritan, or of a woman at the well. I knelt down and placed my hand on his shoulder.

“Son, you only needed a little and I have been blessed with much.”

His eyes of chocolate darted from his own clothing to mine, from the soiled change purse to the credit card I held in my hand.

“But, Sir, if my mother should ask, how will I explain?”

“Tell her truth—tell her that God arranged our meeting today and that we were both blessed by it—and most importantly tell her you love her.”

I sat in the parking lot watching the boy’s form grow smaller in the horizon. As different as we appeared to be, we were the same; the boy is me, the boy is you. No matter how successful in the eyes of the world we become we are no more able to pay our heavenly debt than a poor boy with a change purse. Earthly goods and accomplishments cannot buy our freedom. Only through the grace of God and the sacrifice of his Son can our debt be forgiven.

So if during the course of the day your mother should ask, gently kiss her on the forehead and tell her you love her. You’ll also tell her tell her the news, won’t you—that you’ve met a friend who has the power to change everything.

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Scott Clawson said...

What a great story! A story that has been told in various versions for centuries, since b.c. became a.d. Thank you Dan for sharing His love for all to read. God bless you and your family.

Jo A. T.B. said...

Yes the powers of pay it forward, they do work magic don't they. Loved your story Dan! I think everyone in the world should read this, just to remind them of the goodness which lies in all of us!

Angel C. said...

Dan, that was SO good! Brought tears to my eyes...such TRUTH in your words. Thank you very much for sharing this, I know it came straight from your heart. God Bless!

Kris Marie said...

Such an amazing testimony!

punatik said...

This one was so heart warming Dan. Especially in rough times like the ones we face currently. Excellent !

CordieB said...

What a wonderful story. Your stories often bring me to tears...and that's a good thing. You bring out the humanity in me. Thanks, Dan!

Blessings, C.