A Dollar-Bill Miracle

How a name written on a dollar bill comforted a grieving widower.

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Posted in , Jul 10, 2015

The dollar bill signed by Peter Bilello's wife, Grace. Years later, he got the bill back.

I’m sure we’ve all found random numbers and letters scribbled on the money in our wallets. The kind of thing you ignore when dishing out a few bucks for coffee. Maybe, though, we should be paying closer attention.

This week I came across an ABC News story about 86-year-old Peter Bilello and his wife, Grace. The Connecticut couple was married for 50 years and had two children and four grandkids. When Grace was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, Peter never left her side.

One day, in 2009, an idea popped into Peter’s head. He pulled out two dollar bills.

"I told my wife, 'I'm going to sign one on the front: Peter B. I want you to sign one, too, for Grace B.,'" Peter said. "I put those two dollars in my wallet."

He intended to keep the bills in his wallet forever. A testimony of sorts to their love. But a year later, while shopping, Peter reached into his wallet for cash and used the two signed bills by mistake. He was crushed. There was no way on earth he could track the bills down. They were gone for good.

This past November, Grace passed away from breast cancer. But her and Peter’s love story wasn’t over just yet.

You see, a few weeks ago, Peter was out with his 14-year-old granddaughter, Ashley. He handed her a $10 bill to get a bite to eat. She returned with the change. Three dollar bills. Written on one was a name in very familiar script–Grace B.

The dollar had returned after five long years.

"I said, 'Oh my god, Ashley, look.' We started to cry," Peter said. "We were so happy to get the dollar back. I never thought I'd get that dollar back."

For Peter, there’s no question about it–the incident was a miracle. 

"Who knows how many million people got that dollar in their hands,” he said. “It happened to be ... the right time and right place. Nothing like this could happen. It's got to be a miracle."

At Mysterious Ways magazine, we’ve shared stories like Peter’s before. Like a fateful $50 bill or the dollar that predicted love. These “monetary miracles” always amaze me. God uses everything around us, even something as simple as the change in our wallets, to connect us with one another. To remind us of the power of love. 

What do you think? How do you explain the return of Grace’s dollar bill to Peter? Share your thoughts below! Studying these features in detail, many experts come to the conclusion that it is necessary to introduce gaming technologies (gamification) in this area.

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