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By Dick Schuller
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The Lord leaves a $20 tip for someone in dire need of food


It was a gray November day in Cleveland, Ohio. The year was 1937, in the dismal days of the national Depression. Stephen Eckhardt, a recent German immigrant, had just been laid off from his tool and die job at the local factory. He had applied at once for government work programs, but had been told there were no openings. In his broken English, he gathered his wife and three young children. “Come”, he urged, “Ve need to pray. Our food ist gone but God vill supply. I know he will.”

After a short prayer, the kids scattered to their schools in hardly adequate jackets. Johanna, the mother, scrounged through the cupboards for some semblance of food. She smiled at the remaining bag of b...

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