20 Dec

Folks, it is the time of the year when we all get stories like this in our mail box.  We read the story get a tear in the eye, and think little more of it.  Well my blog is a perfect forum for passing the likes of this along, allowing you to also get a tear in your eye and a warm spot in your heart. I am not the author of this story, though I wish I could be creative enough.  I also don’t have a clue who the author of this story is, and I have made no effort to chase it down.   I am just sharing it with you.  Please take care Merry Christmas — Bill

The Grocery List

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.  She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.

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, since 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 that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer 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 and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’

The customer smiled and the grocer 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 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 gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.

Louise thanked him and left the store. The other customer handed a hundred-dollar bill to the grocer and said; ‘It was worth every penny of it. Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.’

THE POWER: When you receive this, say a prayer. That’s all you have to do.

Just stop right now, and say a prayer of thanks for your own good fortune…

I believe if you will send this testimony out with prayer in faith, you will receive what you need God to do in your and your families’ life..

So dear heart, trust God to heal the sick, provide food for the hungry, clothes and shelter for those that don’t have as we do. Amen & Amen

Don’t break this, please! Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

There is no cost but a lot of rewards.
May you always walk with Angels
God Bless!

My prayer for you today:

The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hands that will send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Amen to this prayer shall laugh forever. Remain in God’s love as you send this prayer to everybody on your list. Have a lovely journey of life! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you because He is Awesome!

TAKE 60 SECONDS and send this on quickly and within hours, you will have caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you know He loves. Remain Blessed!!!


Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Grandpa Stories, Observations, Ramblings


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17 responses to “GROCERY LIST

  1. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    December 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Beautiful, Bill. Thank you.

    • FlaHam

      December 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Paulette, Your most welcome. XO

  2. Rosey

    December 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you Bill, this was so sweet to read.

    • FlaHam

      December 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Rosey, It is one of those stories that makes me cry. And I am glad it does. I have seen and read this time and again over the years, and have shared it. Now that I have a blog, and some folks follow, this is a great place to share it. I am so glad you found it sweet. Take care, Bill

  3. Chatter Master

    December 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Loved it Bill!!!! And her prayer was perfect. 🙂

    • FlaHam

      December 21, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Colleen, Indeed it was, and she had enough faith to realize it. Take care and Merry Christmas. — Bill

  4. Brenda

    December 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Very sweet, Bill. I hope we all have our prayers heard in our times of need. Happy Holidays, Brenda

    • FlaHam

      December 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Brenda, Thank you, it is a sweet wonderful story that finds a way to warm your heart. Take care, Bill

  5. huntmode

    December 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I have written a lot of posts today and I’m going to load up the scales too with this one. I stopped instantly on a certain line and said a prayer that eventually went on to encompass my Winter Solstice Eve dreaming. I have never felt such Light caressing me as I have this night.

    God be with you and yours. Thank you. Love HuntMode, Ella & Elby

    Paraphrasing Joshua 24:15, As for me and mine, we will serve the Lord.

    • FlaHam

      December 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Hunt, Sometimes the scales just need to be loaded up. This is an old story, and it has been around the block. But it needs to continue its trips around and around. We have placed it on the internet where it will live forever in our Blogs. Thank you for the re-blog. We are doing our part to keep it going. Take care, Bill

  6. huntmode

    December 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Chasing Rabbit Holes and commented:
    I have written a lot of posts today and I’m going to load up the scales too with this one. I stopped instantly on a certain line and said a prayer that eventually went on to encompass my Winter Solstice Eve dreaming. I have never felt such Light caressing me as I have this night.

    God be with you and yours. Thank you. Love HuntMode, Ella & Elby

    Paraphrasing Joshua 24:15, As for me and mine, we will serve the Lord.

  7. kanzensakura

    December 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    This story always reminds oh how great and loving our God is. When I read this, in my mind the lady always looks like my grandma Ninny. God bless you and yours and may He smile upon you.

    • FlaHam

      December 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Kanzen, Thank you for your kind words about this story. I took hope he smiles upon me, and you as well. I am glad the story stirred memories of your Ninny, it makes it that much more special. Take care, Bill

  8. Clanmother

    December 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

    A reminder that kindness is the greatest gift….

    “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Henry James

    • FlaHam

      December 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Clan, So very true, and such a gentle reminder as well. Take care, Bill

  9. Wanda

    December 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    How wonderful it would be if there was no need in the world. But, just perhaps, stories like this will inspire your readers to take notice of people around them and help when and how they can.

    • FlaHam

      December 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Wanda, That indeed would be very special if by some small chance folks reached out to others with a helping hand because of a post, not necessarily the “Grocery List” but from whatever direction it came and took them to a place of giving. If such a thing were to happen maybe our world would become less and less needy. As always thank you for your kind words, and gentle thoughts. It is truly a pleasure having your friendship. Take care and Merry Christmas, Bill


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