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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Checkout (06/09/11)

TITLE: Produce of Grace
By Lisa Keck


“Try your card again.”

Hoping I’d just swiped it too quickly I swiped the card again slowly.

“Declined. Do you have another card?”

“Um, no I don’t. I don’t understand. I checked my account. There’s enough in there.”

“I’m sorry. Sometimes these things mess up” the cashier said compassionately.
“Excuse me.”

“Yes,” the cashier directed her attention to the lovely African-American woman in the business attire behind me.

“Put it on my bill.”

“Really?” I choked past the lump in my throat. “Thank you. It’s for my mom. She’s got a form of cancer and loves their carrot-raisin salad.”

“Go ahead. And God bless.”

“He already has. Thank you.” I took my bag and just before leaving turned back. It shouldn’t have been an afterthought but it was. “God bless you too.”

Upon reflection I realize just how God-ordained the exchange was. Mom usually gave me her bank card when I shopped for her but that day I didn’t have it and I don’t remember why. I also checked my account as soon as I got home and the available balance covered my produce purchases. I also called the bank and they had no issues with bank cards that day. So it was just a fluke or was it?

Having my mother living with me and taking care of her best I knew how since the diagnosis of myleodysplastic syndrome was tough—mentally and physically. I certainly didn’t need the frustration and embarrassment of insufficient funds. What I needed was what I got: a reminder of God’s Grace which is all sufficient. That’s not usually available at the checkout counter. The usual fare is magazines full of lies and candy full of calories.

I remember something else about that day. The lady who paid for my groceries looked out of place. I can’t explain it except to say she didn’t seem to be from the neighborhood. Maybe she wasn’t. Maybe she was in a hurry between here and there so that is why she paid the bill. Or maybe she was sent to do one little act of kindness for a weary daughter: a gift from her Abba Father. I never saw her again but have never forgotten her. It was less than $10.00 worth of groceries but the memory is priceless.

*true story from the year 2007

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Anita van der Elst06/16/11
God is sooooo good! What an awesome way He chose to bless you & now He's blessing those of us who read this well-written devotional.
Robyn Burke06/16/11
Clapping hands with delight over how God blesses us and how you retell this encounter with a... dare I say it... angel. Good job!
Charla Diehl 06/17/11
Thank you for sharing this story of grace from one of the pages in your life. The title fit perfectly for this well written piece. Bet you'll be moving up a level before too long.
diana kay06/22/11
great story and thank you for telling us it was a true one as it was most unusual.Very topical for me too as i had a mess up with my pin last week when i took my daughter out for lunch.. luckily she had a card to use instead :-)no stranger there in my case but maybe God dd send you an angel in disguise
Kristi Huseby06/23/11
This was a great story. Congratulations on 2nd place!
Anita van der Elst06/23/11
So excited to see your placement this week! Moving on up!
diana kay06/23/11
well done lisa on 2nd place :-).Did you see that the first placing is a similar tale told from the other perspective :-)