“When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me the most important thing about a dollar bill: ‘In God We Trust,’ she’d recite, pointing to the dollar with a twinkle in her eyes. ‘Megan,’ she’d say to me, ‘those four words are the foundation of life.’ One day she even took a pen and wrote ‘Megan’s motto’ over the words on the bill and tucked it lovingly in the palm of my hand.
“I kept that dollar for years, treasuring it even more after my grandmother passed away. But one day I got careless and accidentally spent it. I was completely devastated: I couldn’t believe that I had lost such a priceless treasure.
“Six years after I’d lost the dollar, my life hit rock bottom when my business failed and I went bankrupt. As depression set in, I leaned on my faith, but it was halfhearted. I felt so alone and despairing that I wasn’t even sure that God existed anymore.
“On one particularly hard day, I went to the grocery store to get a few things. I left with my change: two dollar bills. Suddenly, I noticed my grandmother’s handwriting! No it couldn’t be…‘Megan’s motto’ was written above ‘In God We Trust.’ I burst into tears as I felt the sense of security I’d been missing for so long, and my heart filled with peace and joy. In that instant, I knew God would always see me through my darkest hour. No matter what, I had to always believe in that.
“Before carefully tucking the dollar bill into my purse, I took my pen and wrote an ‘I’ over the ‘We,’ and in that moment, I prayed never to forget those four simple words: ‘In God I Trust.’”
—Megan Dooley, 48, Nashville