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On a hot day in August, there was nothing cooler than a root beer snow cone from SCM. Moreover, best part of it was, it only cost a nickel. Of course, a nickel was sometimes hard to come by.
I well remember one day when I didn't have a nickel. I don't remember reason, but I was being punished for some naughtiness on my part, and my mother would not give me coveted nickel.
Time came for Snow Cone Man to come down our street and he stopped right in front of our house. Like a snowstorm in Vermont, kids descended upon him from all over place to get their daily snow cone.
I looked on, through teary eyes, regretting whatever I did to deprive myself of one of greatest pleasures in life.
One by one, kids melted away as they got their snow cones and soon he was all alone. I just hated to see him go. He was ready to start his motorcycle when he looked up and saw me sitting on porch.
"Hey, Jimmy, don't you want a snow cone today?"
"Hain't got no nickel," I sobbed.
"Come on down," he called back. "You can use one of my nickels today."
Leaping off porch and smearing tears from my face, I went to him for my snow cone. When I got there he pressed a nickel into my trembling hand and asked, "Now, which flavor do you want? Don't tell me. Root beer, right?"
Root beer was more than all right for me.
As I exchanged his nickel for my root beer snow cone, I could not speak for fear effort would distract from smile, which had taken my face by storm. It was best root beer snow cone I ever had.
Watching him drive away, I thought to myself, that's greatest job in world.
More than 40 years separate me from that childhood memory. Looking back, I smile when I realize I have, today, greatest job in world.
What could be greater than helping people receive from God what they can't afford. God's marvelous grace is for all who, for one reason or another, do not have needed "nickel."
Upon further reflection, a verse from Old Testament came to mind. "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1 KJV.)
No matter how much money a person thinks he or she has, they are always one nickel short of God's grace.
Reverend Snyder is currently ministering at the "Family of God Fellowship" in Ocala, Florida. More of his articles are available for reprint at his website: http://www.godspenman.com/ Rev. Snyder is available as a guest speaker. He writes a weekly column and is the author of "You Can Always Tell a Pastor; But Not Very Much " available at: http://www.jamessnyderministries.com/