a Prayer Weighs
Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a
look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store.
John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her a 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-man that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer-man 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-man and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer-man, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, ''I can't believe it.''
The customer smiled and the grocer-man 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-man 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-man gave her the groceries that he had gathered and placed on the scales and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store.
The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to John as he said, ''It was worth every penny of it.'' It was sometime later that John Longhouse discovered the scales were broken, therefore only God knows how much a prayer weighs.