Hungry Children Fed

A POOR widow spoke one morning to her five young children:

"My dear children, I can give you nothing to eat this morning. I have no bread, no meal, not even an egg in the house. Ask the dear Lord to help us. He is rich and mighty, and has said himself, 'Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver thee.'"

Little Hans who was scarcely six years old, went very hungry and sad on his way to school. As he passed by the open door of the church, he went in, and kneeled down before the altar. As he saw no person in the church, he prayed with a loud voice.

"Dear Father in Heaven, we children have nothing to eat. Our mother has no bread, no meal, not even an egg. O, help us. Give us and our dear mother something to eat. Thou art rich and mighty, and can easily help us."

So prayed little Hans in his childish simplicity, and afterward went to school. 

When he came home, he saw upon the table a large loaf of bread, a dish of meal, and a basket of eggs.

"Now, thanks to God," cried he, joyfully; 

"He has heard my prayer. Mother, has an angel brought all these things through the window?"

"No," said the mother; "but still God has heard your prayer. As you kneeled at the altar, a good lady was kneeling also in her place in the church. You could not see her, but she saw you and heard your prayer. She has sent us these things. She is the angel through whom God has helped us. Now, thank God, and never forget through your whole lives to 'call upon God in the day of trouble’.