‘He told her their surveillance cameras caught her leaving and spilling her groceries. She lost almost ALL her groceries, and didn’t realize it until she was home.’

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“Have to share what happened in Nashville to my mom today.

She’s had wayyy too much on her plate lately, so today she was headed out to the mall to do some leisurely shopping. On the way, she got an unexpected call that company was on their way to her house in the next few hours. Being the amazingly hospitable hostess she is, she turned around to go to the grocery store instead of shopping for herself so she could have food to prepare, and clean the place for their visit.

$255 later after visiting Publix (grocery store), she was almost back home 30 minutes away and had the thought, ‘That is the cleanest back window I have ever seen.’ Turns out, her new Expedition (which she hasn’t had for long) has a button you can push to open the back hatch, and she didn’t realize it had opened! She lost almost ALL her groceries, and didn’t realize it until she was home.

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Not long after arriving home, she got a phone call. It was the manager at Publix. ‘Is this Laney Hicks?,’ the manager asked. ‘Yes,’ she replied. He told her their surveillance cameras had caught her leaving the store and spilling her groceries. The cashier who checked her out told the manager about the conversation they had with my mom and her change-of-plan grocery shopping run for unexpected company.

SO THIS IS WHAT THEY DID: They printed my mom’s receipt, went through the store and got all her groceries, bagged them, THREW IN A FRESH BAKED APPLE PIE and DELIVERED THEM TO HER HOUSE. Clearly, my mom told them she’d never shop anywhere else. She still can’t believe it!

This is what happens when people love the way God intended. (compassionately, kind, gracious, sacrificially, unselfishly, merciful, understanding, patient, beyond what you could ask or think.) This is what God’s love looks like in ACTION. How sad that it’s so rare.

Publix just became a new kind of awesome in my book. Southerners, I highly recommend shopping there!”

Courtesy of Lindsay Gipe

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