A story of love, loss and faith.
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There was once a young girl from a small town in Alabama. There was nothing special or unusual about her, just another child of the South. She grew up in a normal family with hard working parents and one sibling. As a late-life child her brother was ten years older than she was and her guardian from birth.
The other light of her life was her maternal grandmother. Widowed at a young age, she never remarried and lived her life as she pleased. She loved her two grandchildren, as they did her and the young girl spent many long happy days in her grandmother’s company.
But change is part of life and with the passage of time we all see it. The young girl became a teenager and faced her first of two great losses. At the age of 89, her grandmother passed way into the arms of the Lord.
As her loving family gathered around her death-bed, she took her granddaughter’s hand and placed a shining new penny in her palm. Her last words spoken to her dear granddaughter were, “Remember me and know I am always near.”
After the funeral while walking back to the car the teenage girl spotted a shining new penny on the sidewalk. She picked it up and smiled knowing her grandmother was watching over her.
Time continued to pass and the teenage girl matured into a bright smart young lady. She lived a normal life with joys and sorrows but whenever life seemed to want to beat her down, she would find a new shining penny on the sidewalk. She knew this was her grandmother watching over her.
As soon as she would find the penny her burdens seemed to lift and she could find the strength to carry on with whatever life gave her. She kept all the pennies in a jar and once the jar was full, she cashed them in and gave the money to her church in her grandmother’s honor.
Her brother was an honorable man and wished to serve his country. He joined the military at a young age and fought for his country’s freedom. War is a horrible thing and sometimes takes the lives of those we love most. Such was the case of the guardian brother. He gave his life for his country and died a hero’s death.
Once more the young girl, who had matured into a teenager and grew into a young women, had to face a terrible loss. While leaving the funeral of her beloved brother she found not one but two shining pennies on the sidewalk by the cemetery. This she knew was her grandmother’s way of letting her know her brother was in heaven with her.
The grief filled young women looked up to heaven and called her brother’s name.
“If it is you, you have to find another way to let me know. The pennies are from Gran; maybe you could leave me a dime.”
Laughing at herself through her veil of tears, tightly holding the precious heaven sent pennies; she caught sight of something sparking on the sidewalk. It was a bright shining new dime.
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