Remember S&H Green Stamps? Well, some of you may recall this wide-spread system for rewarding customer loyalty. When Jud and I were first married, money was tighter than my sweat pants are becoming. As the shopper with serious limitations (I’m referring to finances) stores offering green stamps kept me returning. That was before we started making decisions based on how many miles we’d earn. Flying was not an option but stamps to buy gas or get TV trays, that mattered. I could hardly wait to fill up one of those books to exchange for goods at the S&H redemption center.
During this pandemic, many businesses send email updates on their cleaning regimens, and remind me how much I’m missed. Some I hardly know, like the jewelry store where I got my watch fixed a year ago. The other day they sent something to do while being quarantined. Their idea included instructions on how to clean one’s diamonds. While I appreciate their willingness to share trade secrets I thought, “this won’t take long.”
But back to the green stamps. I googled and learned, they’re still redeemable. Who’d have thought! Then I had another thought, what if we, the Church, became known as redemption centers? What if folks out there, scared spit-less during this pandemic, knew there was a place where they could take their empty pockets and emptier hearts and exchange their S&H lives for something priceless? No stamp past redemption.
God’s idea, not mine.
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