... in pennies from heaven

Published on 12 Oct 2020
Birch tree with golden leaves

My husband and I have been going through a prolonged period of uncertainty which has entailed a lot of worrying about the future. We both know that at some point things will get better but we don't know when. It was a chilly, damp and foggy night on Friday and as we walked through the streets that evening we discussed the various problems we were having but were trying to remain upbeat. 

Quite suddenly there was a flurry of what seemed like snow from above, but I realised at once that the snow-like precipitation was in fact the leaves of a birch tree shedding onto the street below, with the golden colour catching in the light from the street lamps. They looked a bit like tiny gold coins falling from some imaginary treasure house in the sky.

It reminded me of the phrase 'pennies from heaven' and the Bing Crosby song which has the refrain 'There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me'. Not only can we expect better things in the future and have faith that God will provide, but in the short term we must also be grateful for the pennies, the shining moments of hope and light that occur in each day of our lives, often 'out of the blue'. Or in this case, out of a very grey winter sky!